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Social Science Research Methods (Social Policy) (MSc)

Cardiff University

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Cardiff University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    26-SEP-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Advanced training in research methods preparing you for PhD study.

The MSc Social Science Research Methods will provide you with advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences. All course pathways have ESRC recognition and meet the training requirements for ESRC PhD funding.

This programme offers extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, the application of social research expertise for occupational career development, and the pursuit of substantive area of interest at postgraduate level.

You’ll be provided with a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies, of the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist and of the principal methods of analysing social scientific data. You’ll also be introduced to the political and ethical frameworks within which social science research is conducted, and to some of the ways in which the results of social science research are disseminated.

Social Policy pathway

Research training on the Social Policy pathway builds on our strong interdisciplinary social science research base. You’ll learn about the major topics in contemporary social policy, with particular focus on analysis of welfare policy through the lens of participative citizenship.

You’ll have the opportunity to engage with nationally and internationally recognised social policy research and work with academic colleagues with extensive experience of undertaking research with policy-makers, practitioners and stakeholders in a wide variety of settings.

We also encourage you to attend and participate in the activities of our School's research groups. These groups hold regular meetings, providing you with the opportunity to engage with ongoing and recent research, and to participate in a community of researchers with shared interests.

Application deadline

31 August 2021

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University information

Cardiff University

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    25th

  • Campus address

    Cardiff University, PO Box 921, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 3XQ, Wales

Cardiff University has a welcoming and vibrant international community, with over 8,600 students coming from more than 130 countries.
Cardiff is a truly global institution, with more than 200 partnerships and formal research links worldwide giving its students access to unique opportunities.
In addition to a wide range of support services, your studies will be guided by a personal tutor able to give you both academic and professional advice.

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    24th out of 105 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 191
    115 60%

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    7
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    65.0 65%

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    9
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.51 70%

    44th

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    / Max 212
    139 72%

    23rd

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  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    65.0 65%

    13th

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  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.69 74%

    98th

    6

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