The M.Sc. in Applied Social Research is a taught programme that is designed for graduates in the social sciences who want to develop their research skills and gain employment in the area of research. This course aims to equip students with the skills necessary for conducting of social research, including advanced training in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, in a multi-disciplinary and career-focused manner. This Masters is equally suited to those who wish to build research skills for application in their current work environments or who wish to pursue further postgraduate study, such as a PhD.
We teach through a combination of lectures and workshops which encourage interaction, dialogue and debate between students and between students and their lecturers. Our teaching team comprises individuals with high-level research and teaching skills who have a strong repertoire of experience in the design, conduct, and publication of research.
Careers & Alumni
Graduates of the M.Sc. in Applied Social Research typically gain employment in research institutes or consultancies, government departments, semi-state agencies, the NGO sector, and in a range of policy environments. Others go on to complete further post-graduate study.
We aim, through the following key components of the course, to prepare our students for a labour market that increasingly values the highly transferable skills that you will have acquired on completing this Masters:
- The work placement component of the course: This essentially allows students to transition from ‘textbook’ understanding of research methodology to ‘real world’ research experience. We have established relationships with a wide range of research institutions and environments and we provide our students with significant choices and options in this regard.
- The Careers Advisory Service, Trinity College Dublin: At a number of intervals throughout the academic year a member of staff from the Careers Advisory Service provides advice to student on how to: 1) build a career and sustain a career path; 2) prepare a CV for job applications; and 3) prepare for job interviews. All registered students at TCD can avail of the wide range of services provided by the Careers Advisory Service.
- Our Alumni: We maintain contact with our graduates via email and alert them to job opportunities and to research events and conferences that will enable them to ‘network’ and build connections in the fields of research, policy and advocacy.
More informationVisit official programme website
The programme consists of the following modules:
- Qualitative Research Methods and Research Ethics
- Quantitative Research Methods
- Research Design, Evaluation Research and Literature Searches and Reviews
- Work Placement
- Research Dissertation (20,000 words)
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
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- Applicants should normally have an Upper Second-Class honours degree (2.1) in one of the Social Sciences.
- Applications from graduates in other disciplines (e.g. health sciences, business studies, economics, marketing, history etc) who have relevant experience will be considered.
International23430 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 23430 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA10975 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 10975 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
Part time fee per year
- National - €7214
- International - €15399
Non-EU applicants who apply by the 15th of April will be considered for the school's International Taught Postgraduate Scholarship.
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