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.

Course modules

You take 4 compulsory modules and write a dissertation. Full-time compulsory modules: Introduction to Quantitative Social Research; Masterclass in Social Research; Qualitative Social Research; Social Research Dissertation; Theorising Social Research. Part-time compulsory modules - Year 1: Introduction to Quantitative Social Research; Qualitative Social Research. Part-time compulsory modules - Year 2: Masterclass in Social Research; Social Research Dissertation; Theorising Social Research. MSc Social Research dissertation: Social Research Dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through a range of methods, including examinations, long essays, independent project work and a 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. The module Theorising Social Research is assessed through 2 pieces of coursework. The 'Masterclass' module is assessed through a written project, a research proposal and an oral presentation. The dissertation module is assessed through a 15,000-word dissertation.

Sponsorship information

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses - and you don't have to start repaying until 2019. Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2018 GBP 9,475 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2018 GBP 5,075 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,825 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2018 GBP 2,650 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,825 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2018 GBP 2,650 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Politics
Telephone number: 
02076316780