Social Science Research Methods (MSc)
Students may study on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 year) basis.
The programme aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences. Students are provided with a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist and of the principal methods of analysing social data.
Cardiff is one of the premier academic institutions in Britain and Europe for the study of social science research methods. The MSc in Social Science Research Methods is a leading degree in this subject area. Our staff are at the forefront of research in this field. Students at Cardiff benefit from being at one of the top ten research universities in Britain. Postgraduate students are a growing proportion of students in the social sciences. They have access to a dedicated Graduate Centre and computer facilities. The degree programme is supported by small group seminars and supervision by research-active academic staff.
The Programme draws upon the expertise of a wide range of staff from different social science disciplines and departments. Candidates registered within the School of Social Sciences must take core modules which are complemented by a range of electives some of which are required options depending on the pathway of study.
There are 6 social science pathways (there are also pathways through Business Studies and Psychology):
- Socio Legal (Pathway Page)
- Education (Pathway Page)
- Science, Technology and Innovation (Pathway Page)
- Social Policy (Pathway Page)
- Social Work (Pathway Page)
- Sociology (Pathway Page) (includes specialisms in 'Global Political Economy', 'Psycho-Social Studies' and 'Health Medicine and Illness')
For a complete list of pathways through the degree please visit the main SSRM pages here.
Scholarships are available for this programme, please visit the Scholarships page.
Includes information about teaching, academic staff, period of study and admission requirements.
Dr Robin Smith talks about the MSc Social Science Research Methods, and being a postgraduate student in Cardiff.