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Masters in Social Science Research

The Masters in Social Science Research is the first year of a 1+3 award from the Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership at Warwick.

The structure of the Masters in Social Science Research (MA in SSR)

The MA in Social Science Research will comprise 180 CATs in total. Teaching and learning provision will come both from within the DTP and within students' ‘home’ departments.

The programme is broken down as follows:

4 x DTP core modules (a total of 80 CATs. Please note that students will be able to opt for one of the quantitative methods module, but this is pathway dependent with a decision taken based on prior learning):

  • Philosophy of Social Science Research (IM924) (20 CATs )
  • Research Design, Practice and Ethics (IM926) (20 CATs)
  • Foundations in Qualitative Research (IM925) (20 CATs)
  • Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Methods (QS905) (20 CATs) OR Quantitative Methods in Social Research (SO916) (20 CATs)

Subject specific modules to be delivered by participating departments (up to total of 40 CATs, with a minimum of 20 CATs drawn from with the pathway). Some pathways have subject specific core modules which must be taken as part of the Masters.

A subject specific dissertation to be supervised within the relevant pathway department (60 CATs).

Please see ESRC Core Training page for more details on the core modules


There are 11 pathways within the MA in Social Science Research at Warwick. These are as follows:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Economic & Social History
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Interdisciplinary Methodologies
  • Management & Business Studies and Finance
  • Political Science & International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • Sociology

For more information about each pathway please visit the Pathways within the MA in SSR page.

Staff Student Liaison Committee

The Staff Student Liaison Committee for the MA in Social Science Research meeting dates will be made available here once arranged. The MA in SSR course representatives for the 19-20 academic year are Bethany McLoughlin and Nick Cherryman.

Ethics Policy

All research undertaking during the MA in Social Science Research, including essays and dissertations, must comply with the Warwick ESRC DTP Ethics Policy. You must ensure your work complies with the full rules detailed on the Warwick ESRC DTP Ethics Policy webpage.