Gwyddor Gymdeithasol (MSc)
This MSc allows you to create a bespoke programme of study that draws on our expertise in fields such as childhood and youth studies; crime, safety and justice; education; social theory; social and public policy. As such, each student can tailor their learning to suit their own interests and aspirations.
This programme is suitable for anyone wishing to enhance their academic record and employability profile, providing a range of transferrable skills for the workplace, as well as a foundation for those wishing to go on to further training in a variety of professional fields. It will be of value and relevance to students from both the UK and overseas.
You will develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of social scientific theory and research methods, alongside more specialist material from a selection of fields such as childhood and youth studies; crime, safety and justice; education; social and public policy.
It is not possible to provide a single course description for the MSc in Social Science due to the unique character of this programme. Each student will experience the course in a very different way, depending on the particular module choices that they make.
This course offers opportunities for you to work in an interdisciplinary social science environment and to benefit from a breadth of substantive, theoretical and methodological expertise with leading scholars.
It is one of the few courses available in the UK that provides you with the freedom to piece together your own programme of study, drawing from a number of different fields such as childhood and youth studies; crime, safety and justice; education; social and public policy.
You will have the opportunity to develop your expertise in social theory and research methods and design through the core modules offered on the programme.
|Nifer Myfyrwyr newydd nesaf||Medi 2020|
|Ffyrdd eraill i astudio cwrs hwn|
Meini prawf derbyn
Applicants should normally hold, or be close to completing, a first or second-class undergraduate degree in a social sciences or humanities subject. However, other applicants will be considered if they can demonstrate, through recent and relevant experience, that they have the ability to undertake the course.
Applicants whose first language is not English are required to obtain a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 with at least 6.5 in writing and 5.5 in the other sub-sections.
Applications should be made via the Online Application Service. Please make sure that you explain clearly in your personal statement why you are interested in applying to the MSc in Social Science. You should refer explicitly to the particular aspects of this course and the module choices that most interest you, and what topics or themes you are hoping to learn more about in taking it.
If this information is not included, this may cause delays in processing your application, and we may contact you with a request for further information.
The deadline for applications from international students for this course is 1 August. The deadline for applications from home students for this course is 1 September.
Rhagor o wybodaeth am ofynion Iaith Saesneg.
Mae'n rhaid i ymgeiswyr sydd angen fisa Haen 4 i astudio yn y DU gyflwyno cymhwyster iaith Saesneg derbyniol er mwyn bodloni gofynion UKVI (Fisâu a Mewnfudo y DU).
This is a one-year full-time programme.
A 20-credit module comprises 200 hours of study, including about 30 hours of contact time, and the MSc as a whole 1800 hours of study.
Mae'r modiwlau a ddangosir yn esiampl o'r cwricwlwm arferol. Byddant yn cael eu hadolygu cyn blwyddyn academaidd 2020/21. Bydd y modiwlau terfynol yn cael eu cyhoeddi erbyn mis Medi 2020.
The MSc in Social Science is organised around two 30-credit core modules, one 60-credit supervised dissertation on a social scientific topic of your choice, and three 20-credit specialist modules taken from other postgraduate programmes offered by the School of Social Sciences.
In addition to your core modules, you will be required to take three 20-credit specialist modules from other postgraduate courses offered at the School of Social Sciences. Available modules will vary from year to year.
You will be asked to produce a 60-credit, 20,000-word dissertation on a social scientific topic of your choice. This dissertation involves a small-scale independent piece of research, and enables you to develop your interests in a substantive area related to the programme, and to put into practice the knowledge and skills developed through participation in the taught modules. You will be allocated a personal dissertation supervisor to assist in planning, conducting and writing up the research project.
|Teitl modiwl||Côd modiwl||Credydau|
|Critical Perspectives in Social Science||SIT720||30 credits|
|Principles and Practice of Research Design and Methods||SIT721||30 credits|
|Teitl modiwl||Côd modiwl||Credydau|
|Advanced Concepts in Contemporary Sociology||SIT706||20 credydau|
|Contemporary Issues in Childhood and Youth Studies||SIT722||20 credydau|
|Responses to Crime, Safety and Justice||SIT726||20 credydau|
|International and Comparative Skills Systems||SIT728||20 credydau|
|Social Contexts of Education||SIT907||20 credydau|
|Citizenship and Social Policy||SIT908||20 credydau|
|Global Futures in Education||SIT913||20 credydau|
|Research, Policy and Practice in Childhood and Youth Studies||SIT920||20 credydau|
Sut y caf fy addysgu?
Modules employ a diverse range of teaching including lectures, seminars, group and individual tutorials, and independent guided study. All modules within the programme make use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and information on assessment.
The programme benefits from being located in an inter-disciplinary environment so that, in parts of the course, you will come into contact with staff and students from other subject areas and, in other parts of the course, with staff and students in the same substantive area.
You will be expected to attend lectures, seminars and tutorials as set out in the timetable for MSc students. These sometimes sit outside the regular pattern of university attendance and may include day, evening and weekend study and on occasion may fall outside the standard semester dates. You will also be expected to undertake independent study in preparation for lectures, seminars and assessments.
Sut y caf fy nghefnogi?
You will be allocated a personal tutor and a nominated supervisor when undertaking your dissertation. Regular contact will be maintained across the duration of the course.
You will have the opportunity to develop and practice advanced oral and written communication through formative tasks such as presentation of preparatory reading, group problem-based learning tasks, and group presentations. Feedback is therefore provided on an ongoing basis, as well as more formally for summative assessments.
Sut y caf fy asesu?
Modules are assessed by a combination of essays, reports, reviews and presentations.
Pa sgiliau y byddaf yn eu hymarfer a’u datblygu?
On successfully completing the MSc in Social Science, you will have significantly enhanced your ability to:
- demonstrate a critical understanding of key issues and debates in the substantive modules and subject areas selected for study on the programme;
- critically evaluate existing knowledge, scholarship and research, and appreciate competing claims and theoretical perspectives;
- apply knowledge and skills and show originality in 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 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.
Whatever your particular route chosen through the programme, you will benefit from the development of a number of general ‘employability skills’, including the following:
- the ability to collect, analyse and interpret various forms of complex data;
- the ability to employ a range of 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.
The programme is suitable for anyone wishing to enhance their academic record and employability profile, providing a range of transferrable skills for the workplace, as well as a foundation for those wishing to go on to further training in a variety of professional fields.
Myfyrwyr y DU ac UE (2020/21)
Nid yw ffioedd ar gyfer mynediad 2020/21 ar gael eto.
Myfyrwyr tu allan i'r UE (2020/21)
Nid yw ffioedd ar gyfer mynediad 2020/21 ar gael eto.
You may conduct fieldwork as part of your dissertation study as directed by, and in discussion with, your supervisor.