12 months
15700 GBP/year
9400 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Taught by a team with national leading teaching quality metrics and nationally and internationally recognised research, the MSc Social Research at University of Plymouth combines the philosophical and methodological foundations for social research with advanced methods training.

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This combination will enable you to become part of a new generation of social researchers integrating creative and imaginative critical thinking with the qualitative and quantitative tools necessary for addressing current interdisciplinary global challenges. The MSc Social Research programme is offered at the University of Plymouth ,

Key Features:

Real world training: You will develop the ability to create, manipulate, analyse and interpret data to inform decision making. The strongly applied focus of the MSc Social Research will enable you to work in a variety of research settings in the public and private sectors, as well as going on to undertake further (e.g. doctoral) research. The involvement of speakers from a variety of organisations, such as the Office for National Statistics, will ensure that the programme meets the current needs of employers.

World-class research team: The programme is underpinned by our research strengths in areas such as health policy and sustainability communication. In the most recent research assessment (REF 2014) 62% of our research was judged as ‘world leading and internationally excellent’, while a further 36% was deemed ‘Internationally significant’. We have a longstanding reputation for excellence in innovative methodologies and expertise in areas such as action research, synthetic estimation and microsimulation, photo-elicitation and autobiographical research methods.

 Flexible blended delivery: Theory-based materials will be delivered via a variety of tools including in-class lectures, video and audio podcasts, and interactive online discussions. Practical-based training will be delivered by face-to-face workshops where students will have the opportunity to interact with staff, invited professionals, and their peers.

 Interdisciplinary team-working: The MSc Social Research is designed to provide high quality methods training, equipping the next generation of social researchers with the necessary tools to be able to address key interdisciplinary global challenges.

Programme Structure


  • Philosophy for social research and design
  • Researching social life
  • Media, culture, and the environment 
  • Applying social research
  • Dissertation/apprenticeship dissertation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Most of our taught programmes begin in September. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full. 


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Home/EU

Normal minimum entry requirements are 2:1 and a 200-500 words statement of intent. Candidates are interviewed before an offer is made. We will consider students below 2:1 if they can demonstrate a strong academic portfolio or a record of professional experience Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

  • International

Please view the country specific pages for further information regarding the equivalency of your degree. International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability.

Applicants are required to submit a personal statement of 200-500 words addressing the following questions: Why do you want to study social research methods at Plymouth? What is your specific area of interest? What do you hope to achieve?

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15700 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9400 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

Part time (Home) fee - to be confirmed

Living costs for Plymouth

731 - 1387 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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