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MSc Survey Methods for Social Research

University of Essex

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Colchester Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    06-OCT-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

What methods are used to discover how people behave, what they believe and what opinions they hold? What sort of sampling techniques are needed to access different types of population? What is the best way to design a questionnaire?

Our MSc Survey Methods for Social Research will provide answers to these questions and more, preparing you for a professional career in social, academic or market research. Central to our course is an emphasis on practical learning and experience, so you undertake a short work placement in one of several professional research organisations.

You explore topics including:

  • Sampling
  • Questionnaire design
  • Analysis of survey data
  • Management of the survey process

This course has ESRC Doctoral Training Centre accreditation, meaning it can form part of a 1+3 funding opportunity worth up to £18,000 for talented postgraduates. Our university is one of only 21 ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centres in the UK.

Your future

This course is invaluable training if you seek future employment in a wide range of social research occupations. You will develop key employability skills including thinking analytically, research design, essay writing, quantitative and qualitative data analysis and interviewing skills.

You are provided with excellent preparation for further academic study, and many of our postgraduates go on to successful academic careers, both in the UK and overseas.

Others have established careers in non-governmental organisations, local authorities, specialist think tanks, government departments, charities, media production, and market intelligence.

Application deadline

01 August 2022

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
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£ 19,740per 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 Essex

  • University League Table

    39th

  • Campus address

    University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ, England

The careers team offer dedicated international careers advice and support throughout studies and after graduation.
Central London is easily accessible from all of the university's campuses.
The University of Essex has a student body that represents over 140 nationalities and supports over 30 different cultural societies.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    38th out of 105 15

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    106 49%

    81st

    36
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60.0 60%

    23rd

    14
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.59 72%

    83rd

    1

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