• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

The Social Research programme at Birkbeck, University of London covers ontology, epistemology, quantitative and qualitative techniques, and advanced methods masterclasses. It provides a particularly strong environment for theoretically informed, interdisciplinary and socially engaged research.

Highlights

  • Provides rigorous training in a range of contemporary social research methods, including quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Focuses on research design, addressing critical issues in social research.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Politics at Birkbeck was ranked 17th in the UK.

Careers and Employability

Graduates go into research roles in government departments, think tanks, NGOs, the Civil Service and political parties. Possible professions include social researcher, government social researcher, or human resources officer. This degree may also be useful in becoming a higher education lecturer or politician’s assistant.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Introduction to Quantitative Social Research
  • Masterclass in Social Research
  • Qualitative Social Research
  • Theorising Social Research
  • Introduction to Quantitative Social Research
  • Qualitative Social Research

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • More details: You are strongly advised to apply now, to ensure there are still places on your chosen course and to give you time to complete the admissions process.
    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Credits
      120 alternative credits
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus
    • More information Go to the programme website

    English Language Requirements

    You need the following IELTS score:

    • Minimum required score:

      6.5

      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    Academic Requirements

    You need the following GPA score:

    Required score: Lower Second Class

    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

    Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

    General Requirements

    • A second-class honours degree in a social science or other relevant subject. Other qualifications may also be considered.
    • We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively.
    • On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.
    • You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      10150 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 10150 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
    • EU/EEA

      5600 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 5600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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    Living costs for London

    • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

    Funding

    Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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