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MSc Sociological Research
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MSc Sociological Research

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Science (MSc)
Duration
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Entry requirements

Generally a 2:1 Honours Degree (or overseas equivalent) in Sociology or a Social Science subject is required for direct master's entry. 

However the MSc in Sociological Research course is a specialised, and research focused course and not all undergraduate social science degrees will provide the appropriate background.  Potential applicants are advised that transcripts will be checked to ensure appropriate material has been covered. 

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y Y N N

Course overview

  • Discover a course that provides a thorough grounding in advanced quantitative methods taught within an applied social science framework
  • Gain an understanding in learning methods of data analysis, including advanced statistics for complex data
  • Benefit from a skills-based course with practical training that is highly regarded for future employment within government and academia

Open days

The University holds regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and courses.

On this day, you will find out more about the School of Social Sciences and our resources, and meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.

For more information, see open days and visits .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £18,500
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750
    International students (per annum): £9,250

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

We offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and merit awards to outstanding applicants and international students.

In addition, the Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a first-class bachelor's degree and are progressing to a postgraduate taught master's course.

For more information, see fees and funding or search the University's postgraduate funding database .

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Debra Hau
Telephone
+44 (0)161 276 7521
Email
Website
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/sociology
School/Faculty

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Generally a 2:1 Honours Degree (or overseas equivalent) in Sociology or a Social Science subject is required for direct master's entry. 

However the MSc in Sociological Research course is a specialised, and research focused course and not all undergraduate social science degrees will provide the appropriate background.  Potential applicants are advised that transcripts will be checked to ensure appropriate material has been covered. 

English language

IELTS - overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.5

TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section.

TOEFL code for Manchester is 0757

Scores are valid for 2 years.

For students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, your test score is valid for 2 years preceding the course start date.

For example;

Test taken on or after 16 September 2017 - CAS issued June 2019 = Score is VALID

Test taken before 16 September 2017 = Score is INVALID

Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.

Applicants from certain countries MAY be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score.  For further advice please email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk

Pre-Sessional English Courses:

If you are eligible to do a pre-sessional English course (either 6 weeks or 10 weeks, depending on your English score), you will be required to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

If you are a current undergraduate student at the University of Manchester, you may be eligible to apply via the 'Fast-Track' scheme. Email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk for further information.

International applicants who require a visa to study in the UK can obtain up-to-date information on the latest student visa advice and guidelines.

To request a copy of the postgraduate prospectus for the School of Social Sciences, email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk .

How your application is considered

Applications are initially assessed by the Admissions Team and referred to the Admissions Tutor when required.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

Hannah Wilson

One of the best things about the course is the opportunity to carry out smaller research projects within the QRM (Research Methods) units.

This means that I will graduate having already had experience of carrying out qualitative and quantitative research.

Hannah Wilson / MSc Sociological Research student

This course aims to educate and train you to give you the requisite skills and knowledge to become an effective, professional sociological researcher. This entails teaching:

  • the philosophical underpinnings of sociology;
  • key issues and questions in sociology;
  • key sociological theories;
  • key issues in selected substantive areas of sociology (students are offered a range of options of such substantive areas);
  • principles of research design;
  • techniques and principles of quantitative analysis; and
  • Techniques and principles of qualitative analysis.

This is a recognised 1+3 entry route for ESRC PhD training.

Teaching and learning

Part-time students complete the full-time course over two years. There are no evening or weekend course units available on the part-time route.

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory modules and then select your optional modules to suit your requirements.

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your module choices during induction week with your Course Director.

Coursework and assessment

You are assessed by course work, mainly via 3,000 word essays or the equivalent, plus a 12,000 word dissertation.

Course unit details

Throughout the MSc Sociological Research course, you will take six course units, which are:

  • research design;
  • social theory;
  • cultural identity;
  • methodological issues;
  • quantitative methods; and
  • Qualitative methods.

Plus two optional course units, including:

  • politics and culture;
  • protest and progress: understanding movements for social and political change;
  • cultures of digital play; and
  • New developments in theories of gender and sexuality.

You may also negotiate an independent studies course unit, linked to your particular research interests, subject to a suitable academic supervisor being available. You would need to complete a 12,000 word dissertation, on a research topic of your choice, in addition to the eight taught course units

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Social Theory & Cultural Identity SOCY60331 15 Mandatory
Research Design I SOCY60401 15 Mandatory
Research Design II SOCY60412 15 Mandatory
Methodological Issues in Social Research SOCY60432 15 Mandatory
Introduction to Quantitative Methods SOST70511 15 Mandatory
Using Documents in Social Research POLI60252 5 Optional
Interviews POLI70022 5 Optional
Doing Interviews SOAN60201 5 Optional
Practising Participant Observation SOAN60892 5 Optional
Protest and Progress: Understanding Movements for Social and Political Change SOCY60142 15 Optional
Creative Methods SOCY60192 5 Optional
Foundational and advanced perspectives on qualitative research SOCY60230 0 Optional
Foundational and advanced perspectives on qualitative research SOCY60231 10 Optional
Human-Animal Relations SOCY60252 15 Optional
Culture, Modernity & Media SOCY60342 15 Optional
Independent Studies I SOCY60531 15 Optional
Sociology of Consumption SOCY60551 15 Optional
Independent Studies II SOCY60592 15 Optional
Postcolonial Theory and Methods in the Social Sciences SOCY70111 15 Optional
Social Capital and Social Change SOCY71012 15 Optional
Internet Research SOST60232 5 Optional
Understanding Big Data For Social Research SOST60511 5 Optional
Displaying 10 of 22 course units

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

By teaching and developing a considerable range of transferable skills, this course enables you to keep open a wide range of career options.

Students who complete the MSc Sociological Research course are suitably placed to pursue PhD study. In addition, you will be skilled to pursue a wide-range of graduate level occupations, and social research careers in public, private and voluntary sectors.

As a School of Social Sciences postgraduate at Manchester, you will have access to a variety of careers support tailored to your career of further study.

For more information, see Careers and Employability .