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Social Science Research Methods (Politics), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #154 (QS) ,
This programme provides advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences and meets the training requirements for ESRC PhD funding.

About

Our MSc in Social Science Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences. 

You will be provided with a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies, of the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist and of the principal methods of analysing social scientific data. You will also be introduced to the political and ethical frameworks within which social science research is conducted, and to some of the ways in which the results of social science research are disseminated.

The course pathways have ESRC recognition and they each provide the appropriate training basis for proceeding to a PhD. These programmes provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, the application of social research expertise for occupational career development, and the pursuit of substantive areas of interest at postgraduate level. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Dissertation
  • Developing Core Research Skills
  • Foundations of Social Science Research
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Research Application
  • Themes and Debates in Contemporary Comparative Politics
  • Contemporary Welsh Politics
  • Public Policy

                  Detailed Programme Facts

                  • Programme intensity

                    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

                    Full-time
                    • Full-time duration 12 months
                    Part-time
                    • Average part-time duration 36 months
                  • Languages
                    • English
                  • Delivery mode
                    On Campus

                  English Language Requirements

                  You need the following IELTS score:

                  • Minimum required score:

                    6.5

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                  General Requirements

                  • A good first degree or a recognised equivalent qualification. Non-graduates will be considered if they can demonstrate, through some recent and relevant professional experience, that they have the ability to undertake the course.
                  • This course is suitable for graduates in social science and cognate disciplines including sociology, politics, critical psychology, education, social policy and social work, criminology, management and business studies, history, area studies, geography, pedagogy, public administration, industrial and employee relations, and law.

                  Tuition Fee

                  • International

                    15950 GBP/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 15950 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                  • National

                    6950 GBP/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 6950 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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                  Living costs for Cardiff

                  • 628 - 1070 GBP/month
                    Living Costs

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