Philosophy of Social Science Research (20 credits)
The module will consider the fundamental philosophical debates about what counts as ‘knowledge’ across the social sciences. This will include debates around structure/agency, individualism/holism, and explanation/ interpretation. The module will consider (natural) science as a method of obtaining knowledge, and the strengths and critiques of science, as well as thinking about whether the natural sciences can (or should) be a model for the social sciences. As part of this undertaking, the module will address the interpretative tradition in the social sciences, including hermeneutics and phenomenology, in order to consider the importance of causality and meaning in social science research.
Research Design, Practice and Ethics (20 credits)
This module will introduce you to social science research designs and ethical issues in research practice. Research design consists of the choices necessary to transform a research question into actual research. These choices relate to strategies and modes of case selection, data collection and modes of analysis, and they pertain equally to qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods studies.
Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Method (20 credits)
This module will focus on the concepts, methods and skills central to quantitative research, including data collection approaches and concept operationalization. Building on a grounding in ideas relating to probability sampling, sampling error and statistical inference, coverage of techniques will extend from comparisons of means and simple cross-tabular analyses to a discussion of multivariate analysis approaches, focusing on linear and logistic regression
Foundations in Qualitative Research (20 credits)
Qualitative research will be examined across a range of topics, from different approaches and methods including ethnographic and observational research, discourse and conversation analysis, documentary and archival analysis, participatory research and the use of interviews. Ethics in qualitative research is specifically considered, as is the evaluation of qualitative research.
Advanced training modules
The Advanced Training modules which run in the summer term, are available to students registered on a variety of programmes across the College of Social Science in the University of Birmingham, including a range of masters and doctoral programmes. You will be studying different disciplines (e.g. from the four different schools: Education, Social Policy, Business, and Government), engaged in different modes of study (part-time and full-time), and studying for different qualifications (e.g. MA, PhD, and EdD).
Many of the modules are also available to staff and students from across the University of Birmingham. As part of our Doctoral Training Partnership role, we also welcome doctoral research students studying at other Midlands Graduate School DTP institutions, as well as other universities nationwide.
This list is updated regularly as new courses are approved so do check this website from time to time to see what is on offer.
- Advanced Qualitative Interviewing
- Introduction to Econometrics Software
- Narrative Research (tbc)
- Approaches to Research on Discourse
- Case Study Research Design
- Multiple Linear to Logistic Regression
- Researching Disability
- Q Methodology – A Systematic Approach for Interpretive Research Design
- Introduction to Time Series Regression
- Visual Research Methods
- Questionnaire Design
- Regression with Categorical Dependent Variables
- Mixed Methods Research Design
- Researching Young People
- Documentary Research in Education, History and the Social Sciences
- Introduction to Causal Inference
- Policy Evaluation
- Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis (NVivo)
Please note this is an indicative list of advanced training modules which are available in CoSS. The modules listed may be subject to change and no longer be available.