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Social Policy (Research Methods) MSc

University of Strathclyde

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Strathclyde

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

Why this course?

The course offers you the opportunity to improve your knowledge and understanding of the factors which shape social needs and the ways in which different societies have responded to these. This will enhance your research skills and enable you to undertake an independent research project on a topic of your choice.

Who's it for?

The research methods course is aimed at the following groups:

  • students who have studied social policy at undergraduate level and who now wish to build on the foundations they have already laid before entering employment or embarking on further study
  • graduates of other disciplines who wish to improve their knowledge and understanding of social & welfare issues whilst also enhancing their research skills
  • those already in employment who wish to update their existing knowledge and skills before moving onto the next stage of their careers.

What you'll study

The course includes a combination of research methods classes, core disciplinary training and optional classes. Classes in research design, quantitative methods and qualitative methods provide a platform to enable you to proceed to the MSc stage of the programme to undertake a research-based dissertation on a topic of your own choosing.

You'll also take compulsory classes in Welfare concepts and ideas and Approaches to welfare: past, present and future and a choice of optional classes which reflect the specialist research interests of our social policy staff.

Alternatively you can choose optional classes from other Masters programme offered across the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.


Social Policy graduates are employed in a wide range of occupations, including:

  • business
  • research and administrative professions
  • welfare and housing associated professions
  • caring and personal service occupations
  • protective services

The course has been designed to enable you to update and extend your knowledge of a wide range of social and welfare issues while also developing your practical research skills.

It will be particularly well-suited to individuals who wish to develop their methodological expertise in order to undertake research within the social and welfare services or to pursue opportunities for further postgraduate study.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
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£ 15,300per year

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

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University of Strathclyde

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  • Campus address

    University of Strathclyde, McCance Building, 16 Richmond Street, Glasgow, Glasgow, City Of, G1 1XQ, Scotland

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    1st out of 42 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 191
    193 100%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.31 86%



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