This programme aims to provide students with a solid foundation in a broad range of social science research methods as well as basic research skills.
Students will acquire a general overview of the philosophy of social research, and understand how this informs research design, methods of data collection and analysis. They will also develop an ability to use a range of research methods, to communicate research findings effectively and an understanding of the potential use of and impact of their research within and beyond academia.
The core modules you will take are:
Introduction to Social Science Research (20 credits)
Research Design (20 credits)
Research Methods 1 (20 credits)
Research Methods 2 (20 credits)
You will then take a minimum of four elective modules from the following list (10 credits each)*:
- From Multiple Linear to Logistic Regression
- Overseas Research Methods
- Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
- Documentary Research
- Factor Analysis
- Narrative Research
- Policy Evaluation
- Secondary Data Analysis in Social Research
- Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis (using NVivo)
- Handling Cluster Randomised Samples
- Researching Language and Literacy
In addition, you will write a 14,000-word dissertation (60 credits).
The modules listed on our website may occasionally be subject to change. For example, as you will appreciate, key members of staff may leave the University and this might necessitate a review of the modules that are offered. Where a module is no longer available, we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.