MSc Sociological Research / Course details
Year of entry: 2019
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
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.
|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|
|Practising Participant Observation||SOAN60892||5||Optional|
|Protest and Progress: Understanding Movements for Social and Political Change||SOCY60142||15||Optional|
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