Social Research MSc, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... you want to gain the advanced skills needed to progress in the field of social research whether as an academic or to further your career.

Department
Sociology

Course description

Course description

The MSc in Social Research provides you with an expert grounding in the practice of social research. You will gain the necessary advanced academic skills to develop, conduct and evaluate social research.

The degree will provide you with a critical understanding of both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis and the philosophical, theoretical and technical problems associated with these methods.

You will develop a full appreciation of the political problems and ethical considerations that need to be borne in mind when conducting research, in particular a sensitivity to issues of race, gender, age and sexuality. By taking this course you will gain a detailed knowledge of the range of data sources available to social scientists, including secondary data sets of various kinds. You will increase your understanding of the links between social research and social policy formulation and administration.

The course will equip you with a range of practical research skills (including computing, academic writing and preparation for publication, presentation and applying for grants) and the ability to identify researchable questions and formulate an appropriate and practical design to address them.

Our MSc can provide you with a gateway to a research-based career or is an excellent foundation for doctoral research.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

2:1 degree in a relevant social science subject.

A degree in a different, but related, field may also be considered.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2018

  • £7,835

Starting in September 2019

  • Tuition fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you're eligible.

International Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2018

  • £15,405

Starting in September 2019

  • Tuition fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

For many graduates our MSc has been a gateway to a research-based career or a means of advancing their career with a current employer. Others have found that the MSc is an excellent foundation for doctoral research and an academic career.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

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Course structure

Semester 1

Semester 1

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Semester 2

Semester 2

Modules

Plus your dissertation

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

As one of the longest established sociology departments in the UK we have a well-respected tradition in both teaching and research.

Our research feeds directly into our teaching, allowing you to gain from cutting-edge developments in your field as they occur.

Our vibrant and friendly learning environment is valued by staff and students. Our courses are designed with you in mind to provide you with the skills and knowledge for a variety of careers.

We are committed to academic excellence, intellectual diversity, good teaching and ensuring that the student experience provides a vital foundation for future employment.

Teaching and learning

You will be taught through various methods including lectures, seminar discussions and individual tutorials in preparation for assignments.

The modules are assessed principally by essay and project work. You will also complete a supervised dissertation of 10,000 to 15,000 words.

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