Applied Social Research (Social Statistics and Social Research)

University of Stirling

12 months
6000 GBP/year
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Social statistics and social research provide policymakers, academics and others with valuable insights into the behaviour of people. Applied Social Research (Social Statistics and Social Research) Masters course offered at University of Stirling, will give you an understanding of social research, with a particular focus on quantitative methods and social statistics.


Studying Applied Social Research (Social Statistics and Social Research) at University of Stirling, you’ll learn about social research methods and the theories behind them, while undertaking detailed training on a wide range of statistical methods. You’ll also gain a thorough knowledge of statistical software and learn a range of highly sought-after technical skills, including accessing, preparing, analysing and summarising complex quantitative datasets.

To meet the demands of our dynamic technological environment, you can also choose advanced modules in data management and important emerging areas such as big data and social network analysis. 


Social statistics is an important area within applied social research, offering you opportunities in the private, public and voluntary sectors. The course is also designed to provide you with the technical skillset you need to undertake a PhD.

  • Get training in powerful software systems used by industry
  • Gain transferrable skills used across a huge range of organisations
  • Acquire the skillset you need to undertake a PhD

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Design and Process
  • Introduction to Information Technology and Library Services
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Dissertation 
  • Social Network Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant social science subject. Applicants without such qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.
  • A willingness to learn advanced statistical methods is more important than a strong background in the area. Basic experience of a statistical software, such as SPSS, Stata, R or Excel is useful but not essential.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    6000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


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Applied Social Research (Social Statistics and Social Research)
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