SMI

Social Research MA

Course overview

Our MA in Social Research has been designed to develop highly skilled researchers in the social sciences to world-class standards as defined by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). You will be become well-versed in the theoretical concepts in the social research environment and develop highly sought after practical qualitative and quantitative research skills through our hands-on teaching experience.

You will use these research skills and apply them to the subject of your choice from the Faculty of Social Sciences and work with that department to complete an independent research project or dissertation. Departments include:

  • School of Architecture
  • School of East Asian Studies
  • Department of Economics
  • School of Education
  • Department of Geography
  • Information School
  • Department of Journalism Studies
  • Department of Landscape
  •  School of Law
  •  Management School
  •  Department of Politics
  •  Department of Sociological Studies
  •  Department of Urban Studies & Planning
  •  Department of Psychology

This Masters degree will enable you to transition into a higher level of research either directly into PhD research or career that demands world-class research skills.

Course structure & module information

During the year-long course, you will be a student at The Sheffield Methods Institute within the Faculty of Social Science. The SMI is home to leading experts in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and hosts a purpose-built data lab for training in cutting-edge data analysis software.

You will take the following core modules at the SMI:

    Core modules

    Principles of Research Design

    This module will introduce student to key principles in relation to the design and practice of research. The module covers three broad areas of content that underpin the pursuit of research: a range of philosophical frameworks within which research is conducted; a variety of strategies and approaches to designing, conducting and appraising research; and reflections on the place of the researcher and their skills in the research process. Students will explore how these ideas and principles shape the design and conduct of research across disciplines, as well the implications for the knowledge produced.

    Introduction to Qualitative Research

    Introduction to Qualitative Research introduces students to a variety of qualitative research techniques and aims to familiarise students with a full range of research methods and analyses in common use in social science. The module covers interviewing, observation, document work, the use of visual data and mixed methods. As well as learning how to use these tools, techniques and processes, students on this module will learn how to apply and evaluate them.

    Introduction to Quantitative Research

    The module introduces uses of quantitative research in the social sciences and basic concepts such as statistical distributions, hypothesis testing and descriptive statistics. It then goes on to bivariate statistics such as correlation and cross-tabulation, followed by multivariate statistics including regression. Students will become familiar with the key role that secondary data analysis now plays in the social sciences and will gain proficiency in using the statistical programming language R.

    Professional Skills for Researchers

    Professional Skills for Researcher enables students to develop and reflectively assess the professional skills that are expected of effective researchers in the social sciences. Through Faculty and University training sessions they will develop their own skill sets as indicated through the Training Needs Analysis (TNA) process, and will evaluate development within a self-reflective portfolio.

    Research Ethics and Integrity The purpose of this module is to encourage students to be sensitive to issues of research integrity and ethics, starting from research design, through to publication and beyond. It is designed to help students understand research activity as more than the generation of research questions, collection and analysis of data, and dissemination of results. Research involves students in a complex set of relationships with a range of stakeholders, and will require students to make decisions that involve ethical questions and considerations of values. Good research is inherently ethical, and the best research has integrity and ethics considerations built in from the beginning. Ethics and integrity is not about jumping through regulatory hoops (although this may be required too). Instead, it focuses on reflecting critically about research throughout the process. The best researchers are not afraid to identify and solve problems with their research.
    Working Beyond Disciplines 

    This module will provide you with an introduction to interdisciplinary study in the social sciences, highlighting the importance of research which reaches beyond disciplinary boundaries, and exploring the differing approaches through which such research can be achieved. 

    You will also be introduced to the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership interdisciplinary grand-challenge themes. You will consider what "grand challenges" are in your Pathway and how you might address them.

You will apply the skills and training from the core modules to an independent research project module taught within the department of your choice. This will either be in the form of a dissertation or high level-academic project proposal at the discretion of your department tutor.

Independent Research Project

Independent Research Project by Proposal

Students will undertake an in-depth study on a topic of their own choice guided by one-to-one academic supervision based in their disciplinary area. This module aims to enable students to develop and demonstrate skills in the definition and planning of a substantial piece of enquiry that will further and deepen knowledge in their chosen specialist field. This module will demonstrate the ability to identify research questions through literature-based analysis, and show how these questions could be investigated through detailed research design.

Independent Research Project by Dissertation

Students will undertake an in-depth study on a topic of their own choice guided by one-to-one academic supervision based in their disciplinary area. This module aims  to enable students to develop and demonstrate skills in the planning, definition and management of a substantial piece of enquiry that will further and deepen knowledge in their chosen specialist field. This module will demonstrate skills in the design and conduct of research: this may involve theoretical or policy literature-based analysis, and may additionally involve empirical exploration, either through primary or secondary research, of a relevant topic.

You will also take one of the following modules, taught by the SMI:

    Optional Modules

    Advanced Qualitative Methods

    This unit introduces students to a variety of advanced qualitative research techniques common to the social sciences, but which can be used in wider cross-faculty research contexts. The unit provides students with a philosophical introduction to advanced qualitative methodology, and will introduce a selection of advanced and pioneering research techniques, which will include techniques such as: creative approaches to qualitative interviewing, the use of sensory and mobile methods, participatory research techniques (including the use of diaries and drawings), qualitative longitudinal research, memory work, and life history approaches.
    Students will also be introduced to the potential of re-using qualitative data and to advanced analytical techniques (including Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis and will learn about innovative approaches to writing and communicating qualitative research. Finally, the module will also introduce students to a range of ethical issues arising from creative and innovative approaches to qualitative research.

    Advanced Quantitative Methods for Social Research

    The course will introduce more advanced uses of multivariate statistics in the social sciences with a focus on comparative methods, covering several methods that are often employed in comparative sociology and social policy. These will include: Cluster analysis; Factor analysis; Multi-dimensional scaling; Regression (including Ordinary Least Squares and Logistic Regression); Event history analysis; and an introduction to comparative and longitudinal techniques. Students will undertake a small secondary data analysis project of their own devising for assessment.

    Students will be able to choose from the optional credited modules list below.  You will be able to choose your modules as part of course selection, some modules may have strict coures pre-requisites, this will be made clear to you during course selection

    Semester 1

    Approved units
    A student will normally take 30 credits from this group.

    Semester 1

    ARC6730 Advanced Study and Research Methods 3 AUT SEM 15 credits
    ARC6741 Critical Spatial Theory AUT SEM 15 credits
    ARC6853 Theory and Research in Design AUT SEM 15 credits
    ARC6979 Urban Design Tools and Methods AUT SEM 15 credits
    ARC6983 Participation in Architecture and Urban Design AUT SEM 15 credits
    ARC6984 History and Theory of Urban Design AUT SEM 15 credits
    EAS6204 Chinese Cities in Transition AUT SEM 15 credits
    EAS6208 Media, Culture and Society in East Asia AUT SEM 15 credits
    EAS6236 Postwar Japanese Politics AUT SEM 15 credits
    EAS6347 Contemporary Chinese Business and Management AUT SEM 15 credits
    EAS6447 Contemporary Chinese Business and Management AUT SEM 30 credits
    EAS683 Global Governance and Japan AUT SEM 30 credits
    EAS6868 East Asian Research Methods AUT SEM 15 credits
    ECN6510 Microeconomic Analysis AUT SEM 15 credits
    ECN6520 Macroeconomic Analysis AUT SEM 15 credits
    ECN6540 Econometric Methods AUT SEM 15 credits
    ECN6570 Modern Theory of Banking and Finance AUT SEM 15 credits
    ECN6580 Health Economics AUT SEM 15 credits
    EDU6084 Globalisation and Education AUT SEM 30 credits
    EDU6089 Early Childhood 1: Development, Learning and Curriculum AUT SEM 30 credits
    EDU6345 Language Acquisition, Learning and Pedagogy AUT SEM 30 credits
    EDU6349 Developmental Psychology AUT SEM 30 credits
    GEO6016 Data, Visualisation and GIS AUT SEM 15 credits
    GEO6024 Introduction to Quantitative Analysis AUT SEM 15 credits
    GEO6302 Theory and Debates in Food Security and Food Justice AUT SEM 15 credits
    GEO6801 Ideas and Practice in International Development AUT SEM 15 credits
    GEO6802 Research Design and Methods for Development AUT SEM 15 credits
    GEO6807 Understanding Environmental Change AUT SEM 15 credits
    HCS6024 Children's Learning AUT SEM 15 credits
    HST6031 The Dawn of Modernity in the Late Middle Ages AUT SEM 15 credits
    HST6055 Microhistory and the History of Everyday Life AUT SEM 15 credits
    HST6066 Autobiography, Identity and the Self in Muslim South Asia AUT SEM 15 credits
    HST6071 Life Stories: Men and Women in War and Revolution, 1936-1949 AUT SEM 15 credits
    HST6073 Medical Humanity? Medicine and Identity AUT SEM 15 credits
    HST6078 The United States and the Global 1970s AUT SEM 15 credits
    HST6084 Writing Late Antique Lives AUT SEM 15 credits
    HST6085 Under Attack: The Home Front during the Cold War AUT SEM 15 credits
    HST680 Media and Political Culture in Modern Britain AUT SEM 15 credits
    HST6803 Directed Reading AUT SEM 15 credits
    HST692 Prisoners of War in the Twentieth Century AUT SEM 15 credits
    HST699 The United States in Vietnam, 1945-1975 AUT SEM 15 credits
    INF6002 Information and Knowledge Management AUT SEM 15 credits
    INF6012 Designing Usable Websites AUT SEM 15 credits
    INF6027 Introduction to Data Science AUT SEM 15 credits
    INF6029 Data Analysis AUT SEM 15 credits
    INF6033 Data and Society AUT SEM 15 credits
    INF6060 Search Engines and Digital Libraries AUT SEM 15 credits
    INF6110 Information Systems Modelling AUT SEM 15 credits
    INF6180 Libraries, Information and Society I AUT SEM 15 credits
    INF6320 Information Systems in Organisations AUT SEM 15 credits
    INF6350 Information Literacy AUT SEM 15 credits
    JNL6086 Weaponisation of the media: abuses of the principle of publicity AUT SEM 15 credits
    JNL6301 Comparative perspectives of public and political communication AUT SEM 15 credits
    LAW60047 Principles of International Law AUT SEM 15 credits
    LAW60054 International Humanitarian Law AUT SEM 15 credits
    LAW6157 Theoretical Foundations of International Organisations AUT SEM 15 credits
    LAW683 Judicial Protection in the European Union AUT SEM 15 credits
    LAW6901 Responding to Crime in Europe AUT SEM 15 credits
    LAW6907 Issues in Comparative Penology AUT SEM 15 credits
    LAW6922 The Cultures of Criminology AUT SEM 15 credits
    LSC6004 Landscape Design and Art Practice AUT SEM 20 credits
    LSC6006 Managing the Landscape AUT SEM 20 credits
    LSC6008 Maintaining Green Infrastructure AUT SEM 20 credits
    LSC6046 Design Research Study AUT SEM 15 credits
    LSC6111 Landscape Architecture: Nature, Design and People AUT SEM 25 credits
    LSC6112 Urban Ecological Design and Management AUT SEM 25 credits
    LSC6115 Introduction to Landscape Research AUT SEM 10 credits
    MGT6043 Accounting and Financial Management AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6045 Marketing AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6046 Operations and Supply Chain Management AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6067 Corporate Governance AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6069 Introduction to the Creative and Cultural Industries AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6073 Global Marketing AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6081 Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6083 Supply Chain Technology AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6084 Logistics System AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6096 Quantitative Methods for Finance and Accounting AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6097 Corporate Finance AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6124 Critical Theories and Concepts in the Cultural and Creative Industries AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6125 Cultural Marketing AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6127 Management and Organisational Theory AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6145 Marketing Management AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6152 Management Accounting AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6153 Financial Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6163 Leadership, Engagement and Motivation AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6166 Selection and Psychological Testing in Organisations AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6167 Statistical Methods for Occupational Psychologists AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6173 Philosophical Perspectives on Accounting, Financial Management and Finance AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6180 Contemporary Marketing Practices AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6181 Marketing Communications AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6182 International Consumer Behaviour AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6252 Entrepreneurial Economies AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT6253 Corporate Entrepreneurship AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT650 Managing People in Organisations AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT658 Professional Development AUT SEM 15 credits
    MGT659 Industrial Relations AUT SEM 15 credits
    POL6005 Contemporary Global Security AUT SEM 30 credits
    POL6320 Analysing the Policy Process AUT SEM 30 credits
    POL6560 The Governance and Politics of the European Union AUT SEM 30 credits
    POL6602 Political Economy of Global Environmental change AUT SEM 30 credits
    POL6605 Democratic Governance in the 21st Century: Problems, Innovations and Solutions AUT SEM 30 credits
    POL6612 The Political Economy of Poverty and Inequality AUT SEM 30 credits
    POL6614 Terrorism and Political Violence AUT SEM 30 credits
    PSY6121 Research Methods AUT SEM 30 credits
    SCS6069 International Social Change and Social Problems AUT SEM 15 credits
    SCS6078 Researching Digital Society AUT SEM 15 credits
    SCS6081 Digital Methods AUT SEM 15 credits
    TRP630 Theorising the City in the Global South AUT SEM 15 credits
    TRP6403 Values in Planning AUT SEM 15 credits
    TRP6410 Real Estate Economics AUT SEM 15 credits
    TRP6423 Principles of Urban Design AUT SEM 15 credits

    Semester 2

    A student will normally take 45 credits from this group.

    SMI601 Advanced Quantitative Methods for Social Research SPR SEM 15 credits
    SMI609 Advanced Qualitative Methods SPR SEM 15 credits

    And

    ARC6975 Trajectories in Urban Design Practice SPR SEM 15 credits
    EAS6149 Media and Public Communication in Japan SPR SEM 15 credits
    EAS6158 Media and Public Communication in Japan SPR SEM 30 credits
    EAS6207 Politics and Governance in Contemporary China SPR SEM 15 credits
    EAS6209 International Politics in East Asia SPR SEM 15 credits
    EAS6212 Work and Organisation in East Asia SPR SEM 15 credits
    EAS6226 Business and Economy of Japan SPR SEM 30 credits
    EAS6227 Business and the Economy of Japan SPR SEM 15 credits
    EAS6353 Contemporary Chinese Society and Media SPR SEM 30 credits
    EAS6453 Media, State and Society in China SPR SEM 15 credits
    EAS680 State and Economy in Contemporary China SPR SEM 15 credits
    ECN6002 Development Finance SPR SEM 15 credits
    ECN601 Applied Microeconometrics SPR SEM 15 credits
    ECN602 Applied Macroeconometrics SPR SEM 15 credits
    ECN603 Asset Pricing SPR SEM 15 credits
    ECN605 International Trade SPR SEM 15 credits
    ECN606 Public Economics SPR SEM 15 credits
    ECN6620 International Money and Finance SPR SEM 15 credits
    ECN6650 Industrial Organisation SPR SEM 15 credits
    ECN6660 Monetary Economics SPR SEM 15 credits
    EDU6085 Globalising Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy SPR SEM 30 credits
    EDU6099 Early Childhood 2: Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education SPR SEM 30 credits
    EDU6346 Language, Society and Education SPR SEM 30 credits
    EDU6350 Psychology and Learning Communities SPR SEM 30 credits
    EDU6358 The Practice of Research SPR SEM 30 credits
    GEO6806 Key Issues in Environment and Development SPR SEM 15 credits
    GEO6809 Living with Climate Change in the Global South SPR SEM 15 credits
    HST6043 Burying the White Gods: Indigenous people in the early modern colonial world SPR SEM 15 credits
    HST6046 Sex and Power: The Politics of Women's Liberation in Modern Britain SPR SEM 15 credits
    HST6068 The Japanese Empire in East Asia, 1895-1945 SPR SEM 15 credits
    HST6069 Worlds of Labour: Working Class Lives in Colonial South Asia SPR SEM 15 credits
    HST6072 Voices of the Great War: Gender, Experience and Violence in Great Britain and Germany, 1914-1918 SPR SEM 15 credits
    HST6074 Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses SPR SEM 15 credits
    HST6076 International Order in the Twentieth Century SPR SEM 15 credits
    HST6077 The U.S. Civil War in Global Context SPR SEM 15 credits
    HST6079 Early Medieval Clerical Exemption in a Digital Age SPR SEM 15 credits
    HST6082 Imagining the Republic: Irish Republicanism, 1798-1998 SPR SEM 15 credits
    HST6083 Borders in 20th Century Europe SPR SEM 15 credits
    HST6087 Before Facebook: Social Networks in History SPR SEM 15 credits
    HST6803 Directed Reading SPR SEM 15 credits
    HST694 Revolutionary England, 1640-1660: Politics, culture & society SPR SEM 15 credits
    INF6001 Information Systems Project Management SPR SEM 15 credits
    INF6003 E-Business and E-Commerce SPR SEM 15 credits
    INF6019 Digital Multimedia Libraries SPR SEM 15 credits
    INF6024 Researching Social Media SPR SEM 15 credits
    INF6025 Information Governance and Ethics SPR SEM 15 credits
    INF6028 Data Mining and Visualisation SPR SEM 15 credits
    INF6031 Public and Youth Library Services SPR SEM 15 credits
    INF6032 Big Data Analytics SPR SEM 15 credits
    INF6034 Digital Advocacy SPR SEM 15 credits
    INF6040 Business Intelligence SPR SEM 15 credits
    INF6041 ICTs, Innovation and Change SPR SEM 15 credits
    INF6050 Database Design SPR SEM 15 credits
    INF6200 Academic and Workplace Library, Information and Knowledge Services SPR SEM 15 credits
    INF6840 Archives and Records Management SPR SEM 15 credits
    JNL6027 Journalism, Globalization and Development SPR SEM 15 credits
    JNL6036 Journalism in Britain SPR SEM 15 credits
    LAW60044 International Law and the Use of Force SPR SEM 15 credits
    LAW6109 International Human Rights: Philosophical, Moral and Legal Foundations SPR SEM 15 credits
    LAW6129 Policing and Society SPR SEM 15 credits
    LAW6141 International Security Institutions and Law SPR SEM 15 credits
    LAW684 International Criminal Law SPR SEM 15 credits
    LAW688 EU Health Law SPR SEM 15 credits
    LAW6923 Gender and Violence SPR SEM 15 credits
    LSC6007 Landscape Professional Practice SPR SEM 15 credits
    LSC6017 Landscape Professional Practice SPR SEM 10 credits
    LSC6023 Research Methods in Landscape SPR SEM 10 credits
    LSC6113 Landscape Planning SPR SEM 25 credits
    LSC6114 Landscape Urbanism and Design SPR SEM 25 credits
    LSC6116 Landscape Research Topics and Dissertation SPR SEM 10 credits
    MGT6042 Negotiation and Intercultural Communication SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6047 Strategic Management SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6052 International Business Strategy SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6082 Supply Chain Accounting and Finance SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6085 Global Supply Chain Leadership SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6091 Issues in Finance SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6094 International Financial Reporting SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6095 Performance Management SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6104 European Business SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6117 International Finance SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6121 Managing Festivals, Events and Creative Performances SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6122 Company Project SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6123 Fundraising management: sponsorship, philanthropy and the state SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6126 Managing Creative Brands SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6128 Managerial Economics SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6129 Management Inquiry SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6147 Retail and Services Marketing SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6149 Marketing in Society SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6151 Risk and Uncertainty SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6154 Emerging Market Finance SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6155 Supply Networks Management SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6159 Managing Museums and Cultural Heritage Sites SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6165 Research Methods for Occupational Psychologists SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6168 Well-being and Work SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6169 International Corporate Governance SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6171 Research Methods for Finance and Accounting SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6174 Financial Management SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6250 Marketing Research SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6350 International Services Marketing Management (HKBU) SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6360 Strategic Marketing (HKBU) SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6370 International Marketing Research (HKBU) SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT6380 Socially Responsible Marketing in an International Context (HKBU) SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT660 Employee and Organizational Development SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT670 International Human Resource Studies SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT679 Employee Performance Management SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT685 Branding SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT695 International Management SPR SEM 15 credits
    MGT696 Creating Entrepreneurial Ventures SPR SEM 15 credits
    POL6604 Global Health and Global Politics SPR SEM 30 credits
    POL6606 International Political Sociology of Civil Wars SPR SEM 30 credits
    POL6608 Policy-Making in the Real World SPR SEM 30 credits
    POL6611 Feminist and Decolonizing Approaches to International Relations: Bodies, Coloniality, Knowledge SPR SEM 30 credits
    POL6613 Wellbeing in Politics and Policy SPR SEM 30 credits
    POL6615 Capitalism and Crisis SPR SEM 30 credits
    POL6616 Development and the State SPR SEM 30 credits
    POL6619 Freedom SPR SEM 30 credits
    SCS6067 Methods for International Social and Policy Analysis SPR SEM 30 credits
    SCS6071 International Social Change: Analysing Policy Responses SPR SEM 15 credits
    SCS6082 Social Media, Data and Society SPR SEM 15 credits
    SCS663 Visual Methods for Social Scientists SPR SEM 15 credits
    TRP6013 Cities of Diversity SPR SEM 15 credits
    TRP6019 Governance and Participation in the Global South SPR SEM 15 credits
    TRP618 Transport Planning SPR SEM 15 credits
    TRP621 Advanced GIS Methods SPR SEM 15 credits
    TRP6211 Issues in Housing SPR SEM 15 credits
    TRP624 International Real Estate Market Analysis SPR SEM 15 credits
    TRP6306 Planning Law SPR SEM 15 credits
    TRP6408 Advanced Software Skills in Urban Design SPR SEM 15 credits
    TRP6416 Investment Valuation SPR SEM 15 credits
    TRP6421 Law of Business Leases SPR SEM 15 credits
    TRP649 Sustainable development: a critical investigation SPR SEM 15 credits
    TRP651 Managing Cities: The Seoul Case Study SPR SEM 15 credits
    TRP655 Health, Wellbeing and the Built Environment SPR SEM 15 credits

    Full Academic Year

    These courses are available in both semester 1 and 2

    ARC6989 Reflections on Architectural Design ACAD YR 15 credits
    HCS6087 Communication Diversity & Difficulties: A ACAD YR 15 credits
    LSC6024 Contemporary Issues in Landscape Research ACAD YR 5 credits
    MGT6162 Applying Psychology to Work and Organisations ACAD YR 15 credits
    MGT682 Research Methods ACAD YR 15 credits
    PSY6231 Professional Skills for Psychologists ACAD YR 30 credits
    MGT6134 Strategic Organisational Change Design GRAD YR 15 credits
    MGT6135 Strategic Organisational Change Planning GRAD YR 15 credits

    AND

    Approved units (60 credits)
    1D- A student will take 60 credits from this group.

    SMI603 Independent Research Project by Dissertation ACAD YR 60 credits
    SMI604 Independent Research Project by Proposal ACAD YR 60 credits


    A student who has been awarded 120 credits will be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Research (SMIT06). The 120 credits must include:

    (a) SMI607
    (b) either SMI601 or SMI606 and
    (c) either SMI605 or SMI609

    A student who has been awarded 60 credits will be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Social Research (SMIT07). The 60 credits must include:

    (a) SMI607
    (b) either SMI601 or SMI606 and
    (c) either SMI605 or SMI609

    The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

    Depending on the route you choose, you will study two modules in other departments (see list above). 

    Students must successfully complete 180 credits to achieve their Masters degree, this is how the course structure may look depending on the courses you choose:

    Core modules = 45 credits
    Semester 1 optional module = 30 credits
    Semester 2 optional module = 45 credits
    Independent research project = 60 credits


    There is the option to take the course as a part-time route over two years, with students choosing 90 credits in each year, completing 180 credits over the two year period.

Fees

For details on the fees for our MA Social Research degree, please visit The University of Sheffield pages on fees and funding, specifically our fee look-up page

Up-to-date information on course fees for home and overseas students

Other potential costs

Reassessment Fees

If for any reason, you fail or are unable to complete an assessed piece of work which is a requirement to pass your course, you may be required to pay a reassessment fee. information about these fees can be found on the University's exam webpages.

Examinations overseas

If you have international fee status and are required to resit examinations you may be able to apply to sit these in your home countries. To do this a fee will be payable to the University. Find out more

Late Registration Fee

If you are late registering for your course you may be required to pay a late registration fee of £50 depending on your circumstances.

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Entry requirements

We require a minimum of an 2:1 honours degree from a UK University (or international equivalent). This will normally be in a relevant discipline to your intended chosen area of research. Other qualifications or suitable relevant experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

International students are also required to hold a suitable English language qualification, such as IELTS with an average score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

How to apply

Please apply via the Postgraduate Application form.

There is more information about applying for postgraduate courses on the university postgraduate pages.

If you are interested in applying and have any questions please contact us.

Course outcomes

Our Social Research MA delivers the skills and training to allow you to progress to research within a Social Science PhD. It has been designed to meet the latest post-graduate training development guidelines of the UK's Economic and Social Research Council.

You could also take your world class research skills into a career in research where your practical expertise and theoretical knowledge will be in great demand.

Length of Programme

The Social Research MA is a year-long degree programme which allows you to explore social sciences and whilst developing your own research skills.

There is the option to take the course as a part-time route over two years, with students choosing 90 credits in each year, completing 180 credits over the two year period.

Where Will I Study?

We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.

Reassessment Fees

If for any reason, you fail or are unable to complete an assessed piece of work which is a requirement to pass your course, you may need to pay a reassessment fee. information about these fees can be found on the University's exam webpages.

Text Books

Although our library is fully stocked and provides all essential texts used during your studies at the SMI, you may wish to purchase your own text books to help you with your studies. Text book prices vary per course and per year. A reading list for each module will be provided at the start of the module.