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Social Research Methods (MSc)

University of Southampton

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Highfield Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About this course

On our MSc Social Research Methods master's course, you’ll learn how to undertake high-quality research work, process and analyse data, and collaborate effectively in different disciplines. We’ll train you in a range of research methods to prepare you for PhD study. After graduating, you’ll go into your PhD with the confidence and creativity to conduct ground-breaking research in the social sciences.

This UK master’s degree is for students who have gained funding for PhD research from the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP).

We’ll train you in a range of research methods to prepare you for PhD study. In addition you’ll gain subject-specific knowledge in one of the areas covered by the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (a collaboration between the universities of Southampton, Brighton and Portsmouth).

After graduating from this course you’ll be able to:

  • define your PhD research topic and defend your approach in a written proposal
  • carry out in-depth research in the social sciences
  • understand research methodologies, research design and the philosophy of social science
  • understand the key debates and issues in your PhD subject area
  • work in an interdisciplinary research environment
  • think and evaluate critically

The pathway you’ll take on this master’s course depends on your area of PhD study and where you’ll be based for your PhD. All of the pathways are listed in the programme specification, which you can download on this page. The pathways are all based in Southampton, apart from where noted in the specification.


After successfully graduating from this master’s course, you’ll move on to your PhD studies at your chosen institution.

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University of Southampton

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    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton is proud of its inclusive global community and welcomes students from over 130 countries, including 6,800 EU and international students.
Southampton's Students' Union (SUSU) has over 40 cultural and international groups that help with social connections for international communities.
Specialist careers support and paid Year in Employment and internship opportunities prepare international students for their future.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    26th out of 102 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    142 72%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    54 54%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.88 78%



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