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Social Research

Sheffield Methods Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences

On this course you'll become well-versed in the theoretical concepts in social research. Choose from a wide range of modules that reflect your interests, and apply your qualitative and quantitative skills to your field of research. Our graduates go on to PhD research or careers that demand world-class research skills.
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 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.

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.

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Core modules

    Explore modules

    Optional modules

    One of:

    • Advanced Quantitative Methods
    • Advanced Qualitative Methods

    Plus 30 credits from within the subject area of your intended PhD research topic or research specialisation.


    • Lectures
    • Seminars
    • Computer workshops
    • Independent study
    • Individual tutorials


    • Group work
    • Essays
    • Project reports
    • Portfolios
    • Oral presentation
    • Independent research project


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

    Entry requirements

    Minimum 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, normally in a discipline related to your intended specialism.

    English language requirements

    Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

    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 Lecturer of MA in Social Research


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

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    +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.