Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Social Research

This is an interdisciplinary social science training programme designed to prepare you for further research in the workplace or for MPhil/PhD study. The programme covers ontology, epistemology, quantitative and qualitative techniques, and advanced methods masterclasses. You also carry out an independent dissertation, putting into practice the methods and theoretical concepts you have been taught. The programme provides a particularly strong environment for theoretically informed, interdisciplinary and socially engaged research. Highlights - Rigorous training in a range of contemporary social research methods. - Excellent foundation for doctoral social research. - Interdisciplinary, theoretically informed and creative approach to research. - In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Politics at Birkbeck was ranked 17th in the UK.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: Good degree in a social science or other relevant subject. Other qualifications may also be considered. MSc: At least a second-class honours degree in a relevant social science subject and/or relevant work or other (for example, voluntary) experience.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip: The modules in Qualitative and Quantitative Social Research require you to submit a research project and sit a three-hour examination in May/June. The other modules are assessed by coursework. Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: Each module requires you to submit a research project and sit a 3-hour examination in May/June. MSc: Assessment is through a range of methods, including examinations, long essays, independent project work and a 15,000-word dissertation. The assessment methods have been designed to allow students to demonstrate practical skills, critical thinking and the ability to work independently on a piece of research. The modules Qualitative Social Research and Quantitative Social Research are assessed by a combination of examination and coursework; Theorising Social Research is assessed through two pieces of coursework; the 'Masterclass' is assessed through a written project, a research proposal and an oral presentation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 10,150 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 10,150 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 5,075 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

Get in touch

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Politics
Telephone number: 
02076316780