MA Social Research

Sheffield Methods Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences

Our new MA in Social Research has been designed to meet ESRC guidelines for the development of highly skilled researchers in the social sciences.

About the course

Course description

This course will help you to become proficient in theoretical concepts in social research.

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 that will expose you to the latest debates within your field of research.

Graduates can expect to move directly to innovative PhD research, or find employment within roles that require high-level research skills.

Amelia Moore, postgraduate student in Department of Sociological Studies

Course content

You'll get research training in both generic social science and subject-specific areas. You must complete one 30-credit and four 15-credit core modules, two 15-credit optional modules and a 60-credit dissertation.

Core modules

  • Principles of Research Design
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research
  • Introduction to Quantitative Research
  • Professional Skills for Researchers
  • Research Ethics and Integrity
  • Independent Research Project

Optional modules


  • Further Quantitative Methods or
  • Further Qualitative Methods

Plus 45 credits from within the subject area of your intended research topic, which will include a module on interdisciplinary working to address key debates in your field.

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, seminars, computer workshops, independent study, individual tutorials, group work, essays, project reports, portfolios, oral presentation, independent research project.

Course 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 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

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Photograph of Mark Tomlinson

The MA Social Research at Sheffield has been developed to meet the Economic and Social Research Council’s new postgraduate training and development guidelines, so it provides interdisciplinary research practice and challenges within the context of academic disciplines.

Our students develop practical expertise and theoretical knowledge, both of which are in great demand when it comes to careers in research.

Dr Mark Tomlinson, Programme Director

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

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)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.