MSc Social Network Analysis / Overview

Year of entry: 2024

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

A bachelor degree with honours (minimum 2:1 or international equivalent) in social sciences, mathematics, physics, computer sciences, or the overseas equivalent.

The entry requirements are intentionally kept open as SNA is an interdisciplinary approach that attracts scholars from both humanities and natural sciences.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply online

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

The programme offers a comprehensive training in social network analysis, covering theories, methods and applications of social networks in social sciences. Students will learn the theoretical foundations of social network analysis, the constitutive elements of research design, techniques for data collection, advance methods for social network data analysis and visualization, statistical modelling of social networks and mixed methods.

The learning environment will include face to face lectures, computer assisted workshops, and applications of social network theories and methods to a variety of substantive fields in social sciences. With an interdisciplinary combination of lecturers from the Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis, who specialise in mathematics, social statistics, sociology and criminology, the teaching team will guide and supervise students in all the aspects related to social network research. Areas of applications include (but are not limited to) online networks, criminal networks, health network, cultural networks, scientific networks, migration networks and academic networks.

Study MSc Social Network Analysis at The University of Manchester

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2024, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £13,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £24,500

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

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).

Contact details

School of Social Sciences

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