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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Plymouth University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    13-SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The MSc Social Research combines the philosophical and methodological foundations for social research with advanced methods training. This combination will enable you to become part of a new generation of social researchers integrating creative and imaginative critical thinking with the qualitative and quantitative tools necessary for addressing current interdisciplinary global challenges.

Key features

Real world training: You will develop the ability to create, manipulate, analyse and interpret data to inform decision making. The strongly applied focus of the MSc Social Research will enable you to work in a variety of research settings in the public and private sectors, as well as going on to undertake further (e.g. doctoral) research. The involvement of speakers from a variety of organisations, such as the Office for National Statistics, will ensure that the programme meets the current needs of employers.

World-class research team: The programme is underpinned by our research strengths in areas such as health policy and sustainability communication. In the most recent research assessment (REF 2014) 62% of our research was judged as ‘world leading and internationally excellent’, while a further 36% was deemed ‘Internationally significant’. We have a longstanding reputation for excellence in innovative methodologies and expertise in areas such as action research, synthetic estimation and microsimulation, photo-elicitation and autobiographical research methods.

Flexible blended delivery: Theory-based materials will be delivered via a variety of tools including in-class lectures, video and audio podcasts, and interactive online discussions. Practical-based training will be delivered by face-to-face workshops where students will have the opportunity to interact with staff, invited professionals, and their peers.

Interdisciplinary team-working: The MSc Social Research is designed to provide high quality methods training, equipping the next generation of social researchers with the necessary tools to be able to address key interdisciplinary global challenges.

Tuition fees

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£ 15,200per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Plymouth

  • University League Table

    71st

  • Campus address

    Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, England

The university has a thriving international community, with over 2,500 students from more than 100 countries, and 80 partnerships in over 30 countries.
A dedicated international student advice team provides specialist support to international students, helping them settle into UK life.
The university is renowned for its world-leading research, especially in the fields of marine and maritime, health technologies and sustainability.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    45th out of 102 12

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    113 57%

    59th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    55 55%

    57th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.49 90%

    1st

    15

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