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Social Research (Social Policy)

University of Birmingham

12 months
Duration
21240 GBP/year
9810 GBP/year
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About

Within the public sector, there is an increasing emphasis on ‘evidence-based policy-making’ and on the critical review of policy-making and its impacts. The Social Research (Social Policy) programme from University of Birmingham will provide you with the skills to make a real difference in this area.

Overview

You will acquire a general overview of the philosophy of social research, and understand how this informs research design, methods of data collection and analysis. You will also develop an ability to use a range of research methods to communicate research findings effectively and an understanding of the potential use of, and impact of their research, within and beyond academia.  Optional modules will offer you the opportunity to advance your command of specific research methods and techniques, as well as substantive areas of social policy.

This Social Research (Social Policy) programme from University of Birmingham is recognised by the ESRC as a research training programme designed to provide you with a solid foundation in a broad range of social science research methods as well as basic research skills. The core elements of this programme will be delivered by staff from across the College of Social Sciences, many of them engaged in cutting-edge research in their particular fields.

If you are interested in undertaking an academic or research career in the areas of social policy, social work, health and social care or criminal justice fields, this programme could be for you. The programme will offer you a rigorous and systematic social research training, an opportunity to apply this to your particular area of policy.

Career

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, local government, charities and in consultancies and market/social research. The degree also provides good transferable skills in evaluation and in analysing data, and the ability to critique published research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Philosophy of Social Science Research
  • Research Design, Practice and Ethics
  • Qualitative Research
  • Quantitative Research Methods 
  • Transforming Identities 
  • Transforming Societies 
  • The Third Sector and Social Policy

Key information

Duration

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

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

120 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

For entry onto this programme you will normally have an undergraduate degree of at least a 2:1. Applicants with a 2:2 degree classification will be considered on a case by case basis, if you have extensive related work experience. Speakers of English as a second language will be required to hold an IELTs 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each band or equivalent qualification.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21240 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21240 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9810 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9810 GBP per year during 12 months.

Masters (MA)

  • £4,905 p/t (UK students)

PGDiploma

  • £6,540 f/t (UK students)
  • £14,160 f/t (International students)

Living costs for Birmingham

765 - 1134 GBP /month
Living costs

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Funding

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