The Social Research (Social Work and Professional Practice) programme offered by the University of Birmingham is recognised by the ESRC as a research training pathway designed to provide you with a sound background in overall research design and the most up-to-date training in methods, including data collection and analysis for potential doctoral students.
The MA Social Research (Social Work and Professional Practice) welcomes applications from international students.
The core elements of this programme are delivered by staff from across the College of Social Sciences, many of them engaged in cutting-edge research in their particular fields.
The MA programme includes assessed core modules and short courses (120 credits) and the completion of a 12,000 word dissertation (60 credits), while the Postgraduate Diploma includes the assessed courses only (120 credits).
Within social work and social care there is an increasing emphasis on the use of research to inform ‘evidence-based policy-making’ and practice. The MA Social Research (Social Work and Professional Practice) will provide you with rigorous training in social science research methods and their application to social work and equip you with the skills to make a real difference in this area.
This course is designed for those considering research as a career. That includes those wanting an academic career, for whom this degree is ideal preparation for undertaking a doctorate (PhD). It also includes those seeking a research career in such areas as central government, charities and in consultancies and social research.
The degree also provides good transferable skills in evaluation and in analysing data and the ability to critique published research.
This course is designed for those considering research as a career. That includes those wanting an academic career, for whom this degree is ideal preparation for undertaking a doctorate (PhD). It also includes those seeking a research career in such areas as central government, charities and in consultancies and social research. The degree also provides good transferable skills in evaluation and in analysing data and the ability to critique published research.
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- Philosophy of Social Science Research
- Research Design, Practice and Ethics
- Issues and Debates in Social Work
- Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis
- Approaches to Research on Discourse
- Case Study Research Design
- Documentary Research in Education
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , EEA/EU
DisciplinesSocial Work Sociology Educational Research View 520 other Masters in Sociology in United Kingdom
- A good Honours degree or equivalent is normally required. This will usually be in a social science, although applications from those with degrees in other disciplines will be considered
- Applications are also encouraged from those without an Honours degree who have five years or more relevant work experience in a policy or practice area
International20160 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 20160 GBP per year during 12 months.
National9500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9500 GBP per year during 12 months.
- £4,750 p/t (UK students)
- £6,333 f/t (UK students)
- £3,167 p/t (UK students)
- £13,440 f/t (International students)
Living costs for Birmingham
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
A postgraduate loans system for Masters degrees in the UK will provide up to £10,906 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas including part-time and distance learning.
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