This programme offers a strong grounding in the methodologies of sociology and allied social sciences, whilst allowing you to explore specialist aspects of the discipline. While you may wish to pursue a career in social research and many other fields, the degree also provides a firm basis for PhD-level research. If you follow the MA Social Research Methods route, you will achieve a detailed understanding of a range of traditional and emerging social research methods, and the opportunity to apply this knowledge in an independent research project that forms your dissertation. This programme encourages you to focus on cutting-edge sociology, with teaching that directly relates to the research interests and activities of academic staff.
In order to provide a strong core in social research methods, there are three one-term mandatory modules in social research methods, beginning with Understanding Social Science and moving onto specialist modules in Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods. Through these, you’ll learn about latest innovations and debates in methodology as well as practice-based learning. You’ll then be able to choose three optional modules from a range of specialist modules. You’ll also progress to research and write your own 15,000-word dissertation with personal supervision from one of our leading scholars.
Overall we aim to encourage a critical understanding of the possibilities of sociology in terms of empirical research, methodological innovations, theoretical developments, and their interrelations.