A programme for students looking to embark on a career as a researcher or academic. It will help you plan and conduct robust research for your MPhil/PhD.
1 year (full-time)
2 years (part-time)
January start only available as a full-time option.
Number of credits:
PGCert 60 credits
PGDip 120 credits
MA 180 credits
This programme is suitable for students wishing to complete research within the fields of Business, Education or the Social Sciences.
External assessors recently rated the innovative General Research Skills module very highly and commented favourably on the assessment mix.
The course has 1+3 recognition from the Economic and Social Research Council.
Course and Module Details
This programme is designed for students looking to embark on a successful career as a researcher or academic, and provides you with the necessary training as part of your study for your MPhil/PhD.
It's distinctive in providing students with an exciting opportunity to develop expertise in a range of both quantitative and qualitative research methods of data collection and analysis with a focus on their application to real-world issues.
The course has 1+3 recognition from the Economic and Social Research Council. Only three Education Departments in post-92 universities have this prestigious kitemark.
In order to enhance your engagement with the issues to be examined, and to allow flexibility over how you manage your time, the Social Research Methods programme will be delivered through weekly sessions in the Autumn and Spring semesters supplemented by tutorial support available (both face-to-face and electronically). Evening sessions are provided for part-time students.
The programme introduces the processes and issues involved in designing a quantitative or qualitative research project. You will also undertake modules that will introduce you to the methods of quantitative (including use of SPSS) and qualitative (including use of CAQDAS) research, giving you the skills and confidence to use these approaches to data collection and analysis in your own research.
You will explore the philosophy of social science research where you will examine the relationship between epistemology, ontology and methodology. Furthermore, you will explore concepts that underpin educational and social research including empiricism, rationalism, hermeneutics, feminism, post-modernism and critical realism and critique their relation to objectivity, causation, and validity.
You will also focus on key elements of the Research Councils’ Joint Statement of Skills Training for Research Students. You can then choose to study interpretations of the concept of education - and their implications for research - and the role of values in educational theory and research methodologies, or the basic theoretical concepts in social theory, with a particular emphasis on sociology and social policy.
Students will complete a dissertation in an area of their choosing in the fields of education or the social sciences.
Teaching is delivered through weekly sessions in the Autumn and Spring semesters supplemented by tutorial support, both face-to-face and online. Evening sessions are provided for part-time students.
Tuition fees and funding
January 2022 entry tuition fees
Year 1 fees.
|£6,824 (full-time)||£6,824 (full-time)||£14,504 (full-time)|
|£380 per ten credits (part-time)||£380 per ten credits (part-time)||£806 per ten credits (part-time)|
January 2022 funding
September 2022 entry tuition fees
This is the course for those wishing to be employed in the research field of education and/or social sciences and for anyone intending to continue their studies to doctoral level.
How to apply
You can apply now for any programme starting in Autumn 2021, January or February 2022 or September 2022.
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Postgraduate application process FAQs
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