Postgraduate Certificate On Campus

Social Research (Part-time)

12 months
5460 GBP/year
3010 GBP/year
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Social Research (Part-time) course at Birkbeck, University of London is designed for people working in social research or related areas who find themselves needing a stronger grounding in formal qualitative and quantitative research methods.


Social Research (Part-time) course at Birkbeck, University of London is an emphasis on applying research techniques, including interviewing, focus groups and data analysis using SPSS. Epistemological issues in designing research projects are also addressed.

Our program:

  • Provides a rigorous training in quantitative and qualitative social research methods.
  • Exemplifies methods with a wide range of interesting examples from topical areas of social research.
  • Introduces freely available quantitative datasets and illustrates how they can be used in addressing research questions.


Graduates go into research roles in government departments, think tanks, NGOs, the Civil Service and political parties. Possible professions include social researcher, government social researcher, or human resources officer. This Social Research course at Birkbeck, University of London may also be useful in becoming a higher education lecturer or politician’s assistant. 

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Advanced Topics in Quantitative Social Research
  • Applied Social Data Analysis in R
  • Experiments in Social Science
  • Quantitative Social Research
  • Qualitative Research Design
  • Qualitative Social Research Methods

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

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60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in a social science or other relevant subject. Other qualifications may also be considered.
  • On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.
  • Your personal details
  • Your qualifications
  • Your work experience
  • Your personal statement
  • Referees
  • Statistical information
  • English proficiency
  • The application form 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5460 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5460 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    3010 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3010 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

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