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MSc in Social Science

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Course description

Social Science is the study of society and how people behave and influence the world and studying at Cardiff presents an opportunity to do so in one of the UK’s leading centres for teaching and research.  The programme is distinctive because it offers exciting opportunities for students to work in a truly inter-disciplinary social science environment and to benefit from a breadth of knowledge and expertise.  This programme is aimed at those who want to engage in the advanced level study of social science in an international context. It offers an opportunity to examine leading edge theories and research evidence concerned with developing an understanding of the social, historical, philosophical and political frameworks, and policies and practices, nationally and internationally.

Specific target groups include:

  • Students who want to develop their studies at an advance level from a related undergraduate programme and perhaps continue to doctoral level (including ESRC-funded and self-funded 1+3 students). This includes full time and part time students, and students taking other MSc programmes in the School.
  • Public and third sector practitioners for example, administrators, teachers, social workers, youth workers, health professionals, and police who want to develop their knowledge and understanding at an advanced level as part of their continued professional development.
  • Policy makers who have a remit for developing or advising on policy, or commissioning research on aspects of for example, education policy, children and young people’s lives, crime, safety and justice, and who want to develop their knowledge and understanding at an advanced level.

Teaching is closely related to our research into the problems and challenges of modern society.  Our students are taught by some of the leading scholars in their fields who act as advisers to international bodies, the UK and European parliaments, the Welsh Government and many other public and private sector organisations including the NHS, police, local authorities and third sector organisations. Through these relationships, our students are assured of a social science education that is informed by close engagement with changes in politics and society.  Graduates from this programme will have a theoretical and substantive foundation from which they may critically evaluate contemporary structures, institutions and practices, together with enhanced employability and study skills, making them attractive to a variety of employers. The MSc also provides a basis for progression to further study such as a taught Professional Doctorate or research degree (PhD).

Career prospects

This programme is aimed at working in, or who want to work in education, training, workforce and skills development, youth work and community work, and postgraduate students who want to engage in the advanced level study.  It may lead to further specialist training in, for example, teaching, youth work or social work, or to direct employment in these areas, especially in administrative roles, and for those who aspire to develop leadership roles in the private, public or voluntary sectors.

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School Contact

Masters Programmes Office, School of Social Sciences

Telephone: +44 (0)29208 70284
Email: socialscience-masters@cardiff.ac.uk