Social Science Research Methods (Science and Technology Studies) (MSc)
This programme provides advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences and meets the training requirements for ESRC PhD funding.
Our MSc in Social Science Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences.
You will be provided with a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies, of the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist and of the principal methods of analysing social scientific data. You will also be introduced to the political and ethical frameworks within which social science research is conducted, and to some of the ways in which the results of social science research are disseminated.
The course pathways have ESRC recognition and they each provide the appropriate training basis for proceeding to a PhD. These programmes provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, the application of social research expertise for occupational career development, and the pursuit of substantive areas of interest at postgraduate level.
Science and Technology Studies pathway
The Science and Technology Studies pathway through the Social Science Research Methods MSc is suitable for all students with an interest in the social dimensions of science and technology. We have research expertise in a range of substantive and methodological approaches and can offer supervision and training for students interested in:
- Sociology of science and technology, including natural sciences, biotechnology, medicine and genomics
- Nature, distribution and classification of expertise
- Public understanding of, and engagement with, science and technology
- Use of scientific advice and other forms of expertise in decision-making
You will be supervised by academic staff with considerable expertise in their chosen fields. These staff members are actively involved in disseminating research via publications in academic and practitioner journals, books and presentations to conferences. Many staff members are involved in editing or reviewing for scholarly management journals.
|Next intake||September 2017|
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A good first degree or a recognised equivalent qualification. Non-graduates will be considered if they can demonstrate, through some recent and relevant professional experience, that they have the ability to undertake the course.
This course is suitable for graduates in social science and cognate disciplines including sociology, politics, critical psychology, education, social policy and social work, criminology, management and business studies, history, area studies, geography, pedagogy, public administration, industrial and employee relations, and law.
Application deadline: 31 August
This is a one-year full-time programme.
You will be required to complete six 20-credit modules - five core research modules and one specialist pathway module. In all modules you will have the opportunity to engage with literature and research relevant to your pathway.
On successful completion of the taught component, you will prepare a dissertation of a maximum 20,000 words. The 60-credit dissertation component requires independent study. You will choose your dissertation topic in agreement with your supervisor.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Developing Core Research Skills||BST703||20 credits|
|Foundations of Social Science Research||CPT898||20 credits|
|Qualitative Research Methods||SIT700||20 credits|
|Quantitative Research Methods||SIT701||20 credits|
|Research Applications||SIT703||20 credits|
|Introduction to Science, Technology and Society||SIT705||20 credits|
How will I be taught?
Your programme will be made up of scheduled learning activities (including lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical sessions) and guided independent study.
You will be expected to actively engage in all the educational activities on your programme of study, to prepare for and attend all scheduled teaching activities, and continue your development as an independent and self-directed learner.
How will I be supported?
All modules within the programme make use of our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and information on assessment. You will be allocated a personal tutor.
Feedback will be available to you throughout the programme and you will be able to discuss your performance with your personal tutor.
How will I be assessed?
You will have to successfully complete the taught component which comprises of 120 credits.
On successful completion of the taught component, you will prepare a dissertation of a maximum 20,000 words.
What skills will I practise and develop?
You will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills which are discipline specific and more general ‘employability’ skills.
Skills will include:
- the ability to collect, analyse and interpret a range of complex data;
- a range of appropriate qualitative and quantitative research skills;
- the use and application of information technologies;
- the ability to communicate and present ideas and findings in a variety of ways, for example, in writing, and orally;
- the ability to problem solve, and work individually and in groups.
This programme provides knowledge and expertise suitable for careers in research and development, business, market studies, public agencies at international, national and local levels, education, teaching and other public services work, and voluntary organisations.
It also provides appropriate training for proceeding to a PhD.