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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    City, University of London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Key information

Learn how to effectively produce and apply empirical research through the development of extensive methodological skills and knowledge. You will gain a broad interdisciplinary perspective of research production and consumption while boosting your understanding and practice of qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Course overview

Benefits of this course

You will directly benefit from the expertise of our staff in the School of Arts and Social Sciences. They will ensure that whatever your academic or professional background, you achieve the broadest possible interdisciplinary perspective on empirical research.

You will also benefit from independently pursuing a specialist subject through original research and selected modules.

We aim to give you an overview of key issues in research design and the philosophical foundations of social research.

Who is this course for?

If you want to grow your knowledge and skills as a professional researcher, our Research Methods MSc is ideal.

You might need foundational training for doctoral level research, or you might aim to work in a position that requires you to commission, undertake, or analyse empirical social research.

You will usually have a first degree in an arts or social sciences subject, as well as some experience conducting empirical research. But you may be entirely new to the field.


Our Research Methods MSc will equip you for a variety of careers that demand critical engagement with empirical research.

This could involve commissioning, designing or conducting research, or acting on the results of published research.

You might consider the following types of employers:

  • local and central government
  • public and private sector research organisations
  • marketing consultancies
  • charities
  • non-governmental organisations.

Graduates from this programme have been recruited by organisations including:

  • the UK Government Cabinet Office
  • the Ministry of Defence
  • the Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • the National Health Service (NHS)
  • Ipsos MORI (leading UK market research company).

Tuition fees

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£ 14,080per year

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

University information

City, University of London

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    City, University of London, Northampton Square, City of London, EC1V 0HB, England

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