MSc Social Science Research Methods (Psychosocial Studies Specialism – Sociology Pathway)
In total students are required to take 180 credits. This includes 110 credits (60%) in substantive socio-legal modules (including the dissertation) and 70 credits (40%) in generic research methods modules.
Semester 1: October - January
Current Debates in Psychosocial Studies and Critical Psychology [10 credits]
Subject Specific Module
SIT096 Contemporary Social Theory I
SIT063 Theorising Knowledge and Expertise
Research Methods Modules
SIT094 Quantitative Research I [10 credits]
SIT098 Qualitative Research I [10 credits]
SIT070 Research and Study Skills [10 credits]
CPT001 Principles of Research Design [10 credits]
Semester 2: January - June
SIT108 Approaching Subjectivity [10 credits]
SIT300 Introduction to Psychosocial Research Methods [10 credits]
Advanced Specialist Option
SIT799 Community, Sustainable Health and Well-Being [10 credits]
SIT795 Mainstreaming Gender Equality [10 credits]
SIT064 Science in the Risk Society [10 credits]
SIT792 The Knowledge Economy [10 credits]
Advanced Methods Option
SIT072 Interviews and Interviewing [10 credits] [links to description]
SIT073 Discourse and Conversation Analysis [10 credits] [links to description]
SIT103 Strategies of Applied Research [10 credits] [links to description]
June - September
Dissertation [60 credits]
The MSc requires a dissertation of 20,000 words, normally reflecting the student's interests, subject to the agreement of the Board of Studies.
To obtain the masters degree students must successfully complete taught courses to the value of 120 credits and a 20,000 word dissertation. The programme is divided into the following elements:
- Specialist Psychosocial modules: These modules are designed to meet the specialist requirements of the Psychosocial pathway in the ESRC’s Sociology pathway. They provide a systematic introduction to the field fo psychosocial studies and critical psychology and as such are suitable for and open to students with a wide variety of backgrounds, including psychology, sociology, education and cultural studies, for example. Topics covered include key theoretical approaches psychosocial studies and critical psychology and principle research methods in the field.
- Generic Methods modules: These modules are designed to meet the generic research methods training requirements of the ESRC. They provide a thorough grounding in core social science skills including philosophy of social science, research design, and the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data.
- Methods and Specialist options: These optional modules provide students with the chance to tailor the degree studies to their own research interests by developing additional skills in a particular methodological and/or substantive domain.
- Dissertation: The dissertation is a crucial element of the degree allowing candidates to specialise on a criminological topic of their choosing. This stage of the MSc gives students the opportunity to apply the methodological and analytic skills developed in the taught element of the scheme to a specific topic.
The degree scheme is designed to meet the generic and subject specific requirements set out in the ESRC’s Postgraduate Training Guidelines.