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Social Science Research Methods (Environmental Planning) Part time

Cardiff University

36 months
9350 GBP/year
4100 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This MSc Social Science Research Methods (Environmental Planning) Part time from Cardiff University provides the opportunity to develop a broad set of research skills required by all social scientists; as well as the subject-specific requirements of the ESRC’s Environmental Planning Subject Area Panel.


The MSc MSc Social Science Research Methods (Environmental Planning) Part time from Cardiff University will provide you with advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences. All course pathways have ESRC recognition and meet the training requirements for ESRC PhD funding.

This programme offers extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, the application of social research expertise for occupational career development, and the pursuit of substantive area of interest at postgraduate level.

You’ll be provided with a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies, of the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist and of the principal methods of analysing social scientific data. You’ll also be introduced to the political and ethical frameworks within which social science research is conducted, and to some of the ways in which the results of social science research are disseminated.

Environmental Planning pathway

Take the opportunity to study an area of Environmental Planning best suited to your personal interests, such as sustainable transport policies, planning for sustainability, or sustainable food systems.

You will benefit from the leading role the School of Geography and Planning plays in academic and policy debates at national and international levels with research-led teaching that inspires students to critically engage with the challenges facing our world. Supervised by experts in the field you’ll be encouraged to explore the seminars and events offered by our diverse Research Groups.

Career prospects

This programme provides knowledge and expertise suitable for careers in research and development, business, market studies, public agencies at international, national and local levels, education, teaching and other public services work, and voluntary organisations.

It also provides appropriate training for proceeding to a PhD.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Developing Core Research Skills
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Policy and Climate Change
  • Planning for Sustainability
  • Debates in Eco-City Planning and Development
  • Foundations of Social Science Research

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

If you submit an application after this date, we will only consider it if places are still available.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
First Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A good first degree or a recognised equivalent qualification. Non-graduates will be considered if they can demonstrate, through some recent and relevant professional experience, that they have the ability to undertake the course.
  • This course is suitable for graduates in social science and cognate disciplines including sociology, politics, critical psychology, education, social policy and social work, criminology, management and business studies, history, area studies, geography, pedagogy, public administration, industrial and employee relations, and law.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9350 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4100 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Cardiff

628 - 1066 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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