Social Science Research Methods (Social Work) (PgDip) Part-time

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 Postgraduate Diploma 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.

Our 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.

Distinctive features

Postgraduate social work/care students are supervised by academic staff that have extensive experience of funded research for research councils, local and national government and voluntary sector bodies, as well as experience of research collaboration with local and national social welfare organisations and excellent links with local and national policy-makers and practitioners. These staff members are actively involved in disseminating social work research via publications in books, academic and practitioner journals and presentations to conferences.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2018
Duration2 years
QualificationPgDip
ModePart-time
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Admissions criteria

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.

Note: International students should contact the university to establish what (if any) entitlements exist for visas, or other rights to remain, whilst on this programme of study.

The deadline for applications is September.

The programme of study consists of a taught component consisting of six 20-credit modules.

Taught component - For the taught component, you will be required to complete six 20-credit modules (5 core research modules and 1 pathway module). In all modules you will have the opportunity to engage with literature and research relevant to your Pathway (Social Work/Care).

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2018/19 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2018.

Year one

Year two

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

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 are 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.

Wider support is also available from Cardiff University Student Support Services and our Student Hub.

Feedback

Written feedback is provided via GradeMark/Turnitin software. This allows tutors to make comments and edits directly on papers, helping guide you and enhance your skills. Tutors will be available to meet with you to discuss your work and provide guidance. Additional feedback is provided through informal opportunities in teaching settings.

How will I be assessed?

Through the modules you will experience a range of different forms of assessment including (some variation in assessment exists, the following is an indicative list only): presentations, essays, portfolio work and reflective journals.

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.

Graduates from this programme will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate existing knowledge, scholarship and research, and appreciate competing claims and theoretical perspectives.
  • Apply their knowledge and skills and show originality in their thinking by tackling both familiar and unfamiliar problems.
  • As appropriate, evaluate, synthesise and interpret data, and be able to collect, evaluate, synthesise and interpret data in the form of a project or dissertation.
  • Demonstrate high level academic and personal skills applicable to their own research or scholarship, such as writing, oral presentations, problem solving and group work, and the use and application of information technologies in, for example, literature searches, research methods, and data analysis and presentation.
  • Engage with information technologies to collect and analyse data.

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.

Previous students from this course have gone on to a variety of roles including:

  • Researchers/policy advisors for third sector organisations
  • Local and national government researcher posts
  • Researcher roles in Higher Educational Institutions
  • Further studies at doctoral level.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2018/19)

EU students entering in 2018/19 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2019/20 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£3,475None

More information about tuition fees, including for part-time and continuing students.

Students from outside the EU (2018/19)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£7,975£1,000

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

 No specific equipment is required for this course.