Masters | Postgraduate Course - Social Research Methods MSc Course Details within University of Surrey

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Social Research Methods MSc

Study Details

MSc 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Why choose this course

Our MSc Social Research Methods is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of the full methodological toolkit available to social science researchers. These skills are in high demand, and many of our graduates go on to work in research agencies such as the Office for National Statistics, Ipsos Mori and the Home Office, while others go on to study for a PhD.

We have an unrivalled research methods heritage, and our teaching is backed by decades of experience. We were the first in the UK to run this type of course in 1974.

What you will study

This course gives equal priority to quantitative and qualitative approaches, and begins with a comprehensive overview of the research essentials. This includes the formulation of research questions and the connections of theory and method, as well as the core data collection approaches and secondary data sources available to researchers, and the main analytic techniques.

Once you’ve established the foundation skills for advanced social research, in the second semester you’ll select four modules from a suite of advanced methods courses taught intensively in week-long modules. We designed this innovative modular format to give you an in-depth understanding of particular research techniques, combining structured lectures with practical workshops in our in-house computer lab. It enables you to fully immerse yourself in particular research approaches, while also providing an effective structure for us to build advanced understanding. This also allows you to tailor your learning experience, focusing more closely on qualitative or quantitative options.

Module details

Year 1 (full-time)

  • MASTERS DISSERTATION Core Year-long
  • EVALUATION RESEARCH & EVIDENCE BASED POLICY Compulsory
  • FIELD METHODS Compulsory
  • METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES IN RESEARCH DESIGN Compulsory
  • SOCIAL DATA ANALYTICS Compulsory
  • AGENT-BASED MODELLING FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENTIST Optional
  • COMPLEX SOCIAL SYSTEMS Optional
  • COMPUTER-ASSISTED QUALITATIVE AND MIXED METHODS DATA ANALYSIS: HARNESSING NVIVO Optional
  • MULTILEVEL MODELLING FOR SOCIAL SCIENTISTS Optional
  • ONLINE SOCIAL RESEARCH Optional
  • PARTICIPATORY SYSTEMS MAPPING Optional
  • PRACTICAL SURVEY DESIGN AND WEB-BASED METHODS Optional
  • SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS Optional
  • STATISTICAL MODELLING Optional

Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7
 
Modules in semester 1 are taught in two-hour classes each week, and students must complete all four modules. Modules in Semester 1 are typically scheduled on Tuesday and Friday.
 
In semester 2 students must select a minimum of four option modules from the available selection. Modules in Semester 2 are each taught intensively across one week.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in Social Science. We also require a GCSE pass at C or equivalent in Mathematics. We can also consider relevant work experience if you don’t meet these requirements.

We also require evidence of basic numeracy (a GCSE pass at grade C or above in maths).