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Social Science Research Methods (Psychology) (Part time)

Cardiff University

36 months
9350 GBP/year
4100 GBP/year
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This Social Science Research Methods (Psychology) (Part time) programme from Cardiff University provides advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences and meets the training requirements for ESRC PhD funding. 


The MSc Social Science Research Methods (Psychology) (Part time) programme 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.

What you'll study

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.

Psychology pathway

Well-resourced and with an excellent international reputation, the School of Psychology is one of the UK’s largest centres of psychology. In the latest Research Excellence Framework, it ranked 2nd in the UK for research quality in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience.

The Psychology pathway will provide you with an advanced knowledge of the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of empirical studies within the discipline of psychology. Students on this pathway engage in School-based research activity in two areas within the School, from neuroscience, cognitive science, development and health, and social and environmental psychology.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Developing Core Research Skills
  • Foundations of Social Science Research
  • Research Skills in Practice
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Research Applications

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2:1 in any undergraduate degree or equivalent, related to Psychology or Social Sciences. Alternatively, you may be considered for admission if you are able to demonstrate that you have held, for a minimum period of two years, a position of responsibility relevant to the programme, or, in exceptional circumstances, be able to demonstrate equivalent skills that are sufficient to meet the demands of the programme.
  • In addition to the standard application, you will be asked to produce an initial outline description of your intended research topic which will form the basis for assessing the application, together with the completed application form and references. The research proposal will also be the means by which you are paired with potential supervisors. It is strongly advised that you contact potential supervisors in advance.

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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