MA Social Research

Sheffield Methods Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences

Our 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

September 2018 start

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 any department 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 social sciences, 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 Quantitative Research
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research
  • Professional Skills for Researchers
  • Working Beyond Disciplines
  • Research Ethics and Integrity
  • Independent Research Project or Independent Research Proposal

Examples of 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 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 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

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Dr Todd Hartman SMI Director of Learning and Teaching

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 Todd Hartman, SMI Director of Learning and Teaching

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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.