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Social Research

Manchester Metropolitan University

12 months
16500 GBP/year
8500 GBP/year
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This Social Research degree from Manchester Metropolitan University combines core units in research methods with option units across education, childhood and youth, social policy and social work. You’ll gain a broad understanding of social science thinking and practices.


The Social Research degree from Manchester Metropolitan University is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC’s) White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership. UK applicants are therefore eligible to apply for 1+3 studentships to fund their MA and subsequent PhD (see for details). After completion of the course, UK students will also be eligible to apply for ESRC +3 awards to fund a PhD, through any of the ESRC’s 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships across the UK. 

EU applicants are normally eligible for a fees only award, unless they have been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately preceding the date of the award.

It’s designed for anyone who’d like to pursue a career in research, whether you’re hoping to go on to PhD study, work as a social researcher in the public or private sector, or are on a career break and interested in exploring social research.

Through this course, you’ll develop the skills to begin your research career and to contribute to wider research communities.


The course is ideal preparation for PhD study, as a route to a research career, either in academia or in other sectors such as government or research consultancies. Alternatively, the course equips students for entry level positions requiring social research skills, in the public, private or third sectors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles and Debates in Social Research
  • Qualitative Research
  • Quantitative Research
  • Professional Skills for Researchers
  • Contemporary Issues in Education, Childhood and Youth
  • Social Policy and Social Work: research, policy and practice
  • Further Qualitative Methods

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There is no deadline for applications to our postgraduate programmes, however we recommend you apply as early as possible.


180 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

You’ll need to have an honours degree or a postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a UK honours degree. Other qualifications or experience may be acceptable if you are able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills to a UK honours degree standard.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • UK: £1417 per 30 credits studied per year.
  • EU/International: £2750 per 30 credits studied per year.

Living costs for Manchester

645 - 1197 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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