The core modules of the course are:
- Philosophy of Social Research
- Research Design, Practice and Ethics
- Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Methods
- Foundations in Qualitative Research
Researching Professional Practice
Module Lead: Sue White
This module enables students to explore professional practice using different research approaches and considering the role of service users and professional practitioners as stakeholders of the research. Students are encouraged to draw on their own experiences of professional practice within social work and social care organisations.
Researching Social Policy* (20 credits)
Module Lead: Jenny Phillimore
This module is concerned with the politics of social research, rather than research methods and methodology. It addresses issues such as: how are certain topics identified as subjects for research, how is research commissioned and funded, and what are the relationships between research and the policy process. It draws on real-life experiences of doing research and being researched to explore these issues.
Dissertation (60 credits)
On completion of the taught (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.
The modules on Social Research Methods I and Social Research Methods II cover a wide range of approaches, including the 'qualitative' and 'quantitative' traditions, plus mixed methods.
For courses marked * you may instead select various intensive short courses on research methods from a wide range, including narrative analysis, advanced qualitative analysis, logistic regression, factor analysis and others.