SSRM Career Options and Employability
Cardiff University is highly regarded by employers and has an excellent graduate employment record with students finding employment or entering further training.
This interdisciplinary nature of the MSc SSRM Programme allows students to develop and combine interests in subjects across schools preparing them for a range of public and private sector careers.
Dr. Sian Jones is currently employed as a post-doctoral researcher at Keele University.
"The Masters in Social Science Research Methods course at Cardiff University gave me a really thorough grounding in contemporary research methods used by social scientists, which has stood me in really good stead for my later career. We were trained in both quantitative and qualitative research methods by experts at the cutting edge of their field. Most importantly, perhaps, for later work, the teaching was hands-on: we were supervised and assessed on our ability to apply the methods, and not just on what we knew about them. Having gone on to do a PhD, and then to post-doctoral research, I still find the principles and skills that I acquired during my year on the course applicable. Moreover, I found that resources at Cardiff to support the course were second-to-none, and the course convenors were friendly and
approachable. Definitely a good place to start your research career."
Dr. Sasha Walters is training to be a Clinical Psychologist at Bath University.
"I completed the Masters in Social Science Research Methods from 2006-2007 as part of an ESRC 1+3 Masters and PhD programme. I feel that the variation in taught components between practical skills development, statistical instruction and research skills tuition provided a solid foundation from which to progress in my postgraduate career. Completing a research-based dissertation on my subject area of interest was of particular use in helping me to consolidate the skills that I had acquired throughout the year and it provided me with insight into the process of writing a thesis as well as the skills to do so successfully for my PhD. I found the majority of staff members, teaching the masters, extremely knowledgeable and regularly available to offer guidance and support outside of lectures, which was particularly helpful to support transition from undergraduate to postgraduate learning styles and expected level of work. After the Masters I completed my PhD in Psychology and graduated in 2011. I then worked as an Assistant Psychologist in specialist CAMHS, a highly competitive field, completing clinical and research work. I will begin a Doctoral training programme in Clinical Psychology in October after having received offers to train from four different institutions across the UK. The Masters in Social Science Research Methods in Cardiff University was a great start to this career and the skills in social science research methods I was taught during this programme have enhanced my CV providing me with many opportunities to progress as a science practitioner."