Introduction to Social Science Research (20 credits)
Module Lead: Fiona Carmichael; Nick Peim
This module aims to provide a general introduction to studying and research methods and prepares you for your dissertation, emphasising key skills such as searching literature, finding datasets and presenting and criticising arguments. It also covers ethics of research, the role of theory and philosophical bases for understanding the social world.
Research Design (20 credits)
Module Lead: Graeme Douglas; Gary Thomas
This module links the introductory module and data collection module through consideration of research design, questions, warranting practices and sampling methods. All the elements of research design are linked into an over-arching theme of the full cycle of research activity.
Social Research Methods I (20 credits)
Module Lead: Harriet Clarke; Ian Davison
This module introduces the principles and practices of data collection and explores rationales of the various methods. It will focus on the different stages of data collection, including various methods used to gather textual and numerical data.
Social Research Methods II (20 credits)
Module Lead: Harriet Clarke; Matt Bennett
This module introduces students to a range of approaches for analysing and handling data. It will include covering statistical methods for quantitative data and methodological approaches for qualitative data. It emphasises that the method of analysis is not determined by the method of collection.
Dissertation (60 credits)
On completion of the taught modules (120 credits), Masters students undertake a 12,000 word dissertation on a subject of their choice. Each student is allocated a supervisor, selected for their experience of both the subject matter and supervision.
Students can choose from a variety of optional Substructure Modules or Advanced Research Methods Modules, for example:
20 credit modules
- Sectors and Services in British Social Policy
Module Lead: Lee Gregory
- Politics of British Social Policy since 1940
Module Lead: Robert Page
- Third Sector in Social Policy
Module Lead: John Mohan
- Migration, Superdiversity, Policy and Practice
Module Lead: Lisa Goodson
- International Social Policy
Module Lead: Kelly Hall
- Globalisation, International Migration and Citizenship
Module Lead: Nando Sigona
- Policy Futures: Global and Local Perspectives
Module Lead: Rob Macmillan; John Mohan
10 credit modules
- Multivariate Linear + Logistic Regression
Module Lead(s): Matt Bennett
- Factor Analysis
Module Lead(s): Ian Davison
- Narrative Research
Module Lead(s): Nicki Ward
- Visual Research Methods
Module Lead(s): Ian Grosvenor; Nick Peim
- Researching Disability
Module Lead(s): Graeme Douglas; Harriet Clarke
- Approaches to Research on Discourse
Module Lead(s): Nick Peim
- Policy Evaluation
Module Lead(s): Martin Powell
The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.