2019 start
MA

Social Research

Sheffield Methods Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences

Our MA Social Research has been designed to meet ESRC guidelines for the development of highly skilled researchers in the social sciences.
Postgraduate social research students at workshop

Course description

This course will help you to become proficient in theoretical concepts in social research and will provide you with the practical skills to undertake higher level research across the full range of social sciences.

You’ll develop highly sought-after practical qualitative and quantitative research skills through our hands-on teaching methods. You can tailor the course to your interests by selecting from a wide range of modules from all the departments in social sciences that will expose you to the latest debates within your field of research.

The programme has been specifically developed to meet the ESRC postgraduate training and development guidelines.

Students completing the MA Social Research can advance to PhD-level study within their chosen field in the social sciences, or find employment within roles that require high-level research skills.

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Modules

Core modules

  • Principles of Research Design
  • Introduction to Quantitative Research
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research
  • Working Beyond Disciplines
  • Research Ethics and Integrity
  • Independent Research Project or Independent Research Proposal

Optional modules

  • Either: Advanced Quantitative Methods or Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Plus 30 credits from within the subject area of your intended PhD research topic or research specialisation.

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Computer workshops
  • Independent study
  • Individual tutorials
  • Group work
  • Essays
  • Project reports
  • Portfolios
  • Oral presentation
  • Independent research project

Duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, normally in a cognate discipline to the intended specialist subject area for research.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

By introducing students to interdisciplinary research practice and the research challenges within their specific academic subject, the MA Social Research provides the strongest possible foundation for PhD study or a career in research across the full range of social science disciplines.

Dr Mark Taylor
SMI Director of MA in Social Research

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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Contact

SMI-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 8345

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.