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MA in Social Research

Course Description


The MA in Social Research has been specifically designed to develop your methodological skills and research techniques, providing you with the necessary knowledge and skills to undertake study at doctorate level or to follow a career in academia, government or commercial research.‌
The Department of Sociology is renowned for its expertise in all elements of scholarship and research and provides the ideal environment to stimulate research in the social sciences.
From day one you will be encouraged to produce your own original piece of research, gaining expert and applicable knowledge and enhancing your practical and analytical skills. You will be guided by highly skilled academics, who are experts in their own fields of research and who have vast experience in all aspects of the research process.


This in-depth and highly relevant degree will introduce you to the key elements of social research, providing you with access to knowledgeable staff and allowing you to explore key sociological areas such as culture, criminology, political economy, psychology, philosophy and psychoanalysis.
You will gain in-depth knowledge of a range of research methods, developing skills in both qualitative and quantitative research and data analysis. You will develop the most effective techniques to observe and conduct interviews and you will become proficient in the dissemination of information gathered. You will also be introduced to a range of statistical techniques such as descriptive statistics, chi-squared tests, and regression analysis, but also innovative techniques, such as multiple correspondence analysis.
The MA in Social Research offers cutting-edge teaching. You will investigate new methods of digital data analysis – from learning how the data is created to analysing the information and exploring the opportunities and challenges presented by the availability of these new data forms.
You will develop the skills to design and develop research projects from conception to realisation and you will be guided in this by expert staff. The degree culminates in the production of your own original piece of research, enabling you to explore your own area of interest.


Graduates will finish this postgraduate course with the skills and knowledge needed to go on to undertake further study, such as a PhD. You will gain vocationally relevant and highly sought after skills enabling you to qualify for a research career in academic institutions, local and central government or commercial research.
Graduates from this degree develop transferable skills that allow them to gain employment in areas such as teaching, politics, public services and campaigning amongst many others.

Visit the MA in Social Research page on the University of York website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Kim Jamie

1051.jpg My PhD looks at how pharmacogenetic technology (that is, broadly speaking, personalised medicine based on genetic information) will impact upon the practice of pharmacy in England

I chose York because it is a beautiful city where I can indulge my love of history. Luckily for me, the Sociology department at York University is ranked joint highest in terms of RAE score and offers an ESRC-recognised MA programme, which I needed to complete to stand a chance of getting PhD funding.

I can’t even compare my current PhD to my first degree. Currently I am learning how to be a researcher, how to do research and how to make that research count. I am being taught how to disseminate research, how to negotiate with samples and how to get the most from a research encounter (e.g. an interview).

(Student Profile)

Tom Rodgers

1455.jpg My current MA taught me more about the practicalities and issues with doing real fieldwork; it also gave me more insight into the historical links between theoretical and philosophical positions and methods for researching the social world.

The sociology department here at York had a number of courses that enabled me to pursue my interest in new media technologies and the internet. By the end of my second year, the staff here had helped me to cultivate my own ideas about new media and how to do carry out research. It was this coming together of my own sociological interests and the York department’s cultivating ethos towards students that encouraged me to stay on and do postgraduate study.


Entry Requirements

At least a 2: 1 honours degree in a relevant subject.

Course Fees

2015/16 Home/EU: £6,450; Overseas: £15,150

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