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Social Science Research (Social Policy) MSc

Loughborough University

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Loughborough University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    03-OCT-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Our MSc Social Science Research (Social Policy) programme provides you with a comprehensive overview of the key methodological and philosophical debates that currently shape social sciences. It also provides an opportunity to develop specialised research methods skills in an internationally renowned department for social policy research.

The programme consists of compulsory and optional modules, delivered across four different academic schools within the University, meaning you benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to your studies. The academic schools are:

School of Social Sciences and Humanities
School of Sport, Exercise, and Health Sciences
School of Business and Economics
School of Science

The modules are taught by leading researchers selected for their expertise in the taught research methods and topics.

We are host to the prestigious Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP), which over the past 30 years has developed an international reputation for high quality applied policy research. Most prominently, CRSP is currently involved in the study of the Minimum Income Standard programme.

The School of Social Sciences and Humanities is also home to the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture (CRCC). Established in 1991, the centre has since grown to be one of the largest of its kind in the UK. The CRCC’s core topics themes include:

Culture, Economy, and Policy
Language and Social Interaction
Media, Memory, and History
Nations, Migrants, and Citizenship
Political Communication
Social, Political, and Cultural Theory

On completion of the Social Science Research (Social Policy) programme, you will have met the MSc training requirements for PhD funding from the ESRC, opening up the possibility of securing PhD funding from the ESRC.

Who should study this programme?

Those wishing to pursue a career in academia
Social policy practitioners, who wish to both develop and strengthen their applied research skills
Those wishing to conduct research in non-academic public and private sector roles.

Application deadline

06 September 2022

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 20,800per year

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

University information

Loughborough University

  • University League Table

    7th

  • Campus address

    Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, England

The university's two campuses are located in different parts of the UK and near to airports, making it easy to explore more of Europe.
Loughborough's research community is made up of over 1,200 research students spanning 90 nationalities and more than 800 members of staff supporting them.
Home to over 19,000 students and staff from more than 145 different countries. Over 1,000 students are based on the London campus, over 80% are international.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    12th out of 45 4

    13th out of 105 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 191
    n/a

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    55.0 55%

    20th

    13
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.16 83%

    7th

    3
  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    141 73%

    21st

    8
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    55.0 55%

    29th

    11
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.14 83%

    16th

    13

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