MSc Social Research Methods

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc 1Yr FT
    MSc 3Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.2

Course Overview

This Masters degree aims to provide advanced training in a range of research methods used in the social sciences.

Key Features

Teaching and Employability:

  • Teaching is carried out by highly-respected, research active, professionals conducting research across a range of research areas and publishing in top international journals
  • Students benefit from state-of-the-art technology with over twenty general purpose research rooms and numerous specialised testing facilities
  • Specialist modules in criminology, social work and human geography, research leadership and management 
  • Emphasis on development of ethical, knowledgeable, skilful social researchers” through critical discussion, up to date information, debates and presentations

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MSc 3 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHHM14Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Research and Study Skills
Optional Modules
MSc SRM pt y1 comp 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 40 credits from any of the following compulsory modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEGM15Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Qualitative Research Methods
SHHM15Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Data Collection Methods
SHHM16Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ethics and Philosophy of Social Research
SHHM18Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Quantitative Research Methods
OR

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
MSc SRM pt y2 comp 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 60 credits from any of the following compulsory modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEGM15Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Qualitative Research Methods
SHHM15Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Data Collection Methods
SHHM16Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ethics and Philosophy of Social Research
SHHM18Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Quantitative Research Methods
OR
MSc SRM pt y2 inc optionals 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 40 credits from the following compulsory modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEGM15Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Qualitative Research Methods
SHHM15Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Data Collection Methods
SHHM16Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ethics and Philosophy of Social Research
SHHM18Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Quantitative Research Methods
AND
MSc SRM pt y2 optionals 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 20 credits from any of the following optional modules (N.B. only ONE optional module can be selected during the programme):

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEGM16Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Research in Human Geography
PMRM03Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Research Leadership and Project Management
SHHM34Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Case Studies in Applied Social Research: Social Work
SHHM35Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Case Studies in Applied Social Res: Applied Research in Crime & Criminal Justice

Year 3 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHHM20Semester 3 (Summer Taught)60Dissertation (Social Research)

Description

MSc Social Research Methods is a highly regarded and prestigious qualification which has been developed to:

  • enable students to develop practical research skills and advanced methodological expertise (both qualitative and quantitative);
  • instil familiarity with research ethics and governance, and
  • gain knowledge about theoretical research concerns across the spectrum of social science disciplines.

Elective modules and a dissertation provide scope for specialisation in applied social sciences, including but not limited to: criminology, human geography, social work and health. 

This Master’s degree in Social Research Methods has ESRC accreditation and provides advanced training in a range of research methods used in the social sciences. The degree instils familiarity with research ethics and governance, and students gain knowledge about theoretical research concerns across the spectrum of social science disciplines.

Students are encouraged to devise research dissertations themselves (supported by an academic supervisor).

Entry Requirements

To be considered for this Masters Degree you will need;

  • an initial degree (a minimum of a 2.1, or a 2.2 supplemented with relevant academic references) in one of the social sciences
  • applicants with an initial degree in a related cognate subject or other relevant qualifications are also considered
  • applicants without these qualifications may be considered if they have at least two years relevant experience at a responsible level and can demonstrate ability to cope with the academic requirements of the programme
  • non-first language English speakers are required to have a minimum of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all domains, or a University approved equivalent, prior to starting the programme

How To Apply

Applicants are encouraged to click apply online as this will make it easier to track their progress.

International students should click www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/apply for more information.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Full-time £6,250 £14,500
MSc Part-time £2,050 £4,850

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Students are likely to encounter additional costs at university. These can include, amongst others:

  • Buying stationery and equipment, such as USB sticks, etc.
  • Personal copies of core texts (loan copies are available in the University library)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Binding of research projects/ dissertations (approximately £5)
  • Some research projects require a Disclosure and Barring Service Check (current price £44)
  • Gowns for graduation ceremonies

Please note there are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course. 

Course Structure

Teaching is in the form of lectures, seminars, group-project work and individual study. All students are assigned a Personal Tutor and Dissertation Supervisor appropriate to their chosen area of study.

The course is made up of six 20-credit modules (Part 1) and a 60-credit dissertation (Part 2).

Assessment 

Students are continually assessed; however, they should contact the admission tutor of the course for detailed information. Each module assignment has a pass mark of 50%. 

Staff Expertise

Contributing lecturers are renowned nationally and internationally. For example, Professor David Hughes has published on the universal coverage healthcare reforms of Thailand and Turkey, Debbie Jones jointly led on The Student Sex Workers' project from Swansea University's Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology.

The MSc Social Research methods is serviced by research active staff, many of whom are leaders in their field of research. The team has strong links with Criminology whose staff have been awarded Howard league Research Medal 2013 for work on the Swansea Bureau Youth Scheme. Lecturers from the course also include those from the world renowned Centre for Innovative Aging and also Human Geography. 

Who should apply?

This course is suitable for:

  • students who want to prepare themselves for the challenge of MPhil or PhD study; who are already professionally involved in working with people in the social sector and want to develop their own skills and professional expertise
  • students from different academic disciplines who are interested in conducting social research and are interested in seeking employment or already have employment in both public and private sectors
  • previous students are those with  backgrounds in social policy, sociology, law, criminology,  human geography, politics, arts and humanities, ageing studies , psychology and health science
  • anyone wanting to add a valuable qualification as part of developing a full academic career
  • anyone who is interested in society, social behaviour, and social change and would like to learn more
  • anyone working in, or wishing to work in, government or voluntary organisations, and commercial areas where social research is undertake

Career Prospects

Past students have gone on to be employed in public and private sectors, research work, PhD , vocational work, the criminal justice system, social work, environmental health,  teaching, local government, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and health and social care.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. 

Facilities 

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