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.

Entry requirements

MSc: At least a second-class honours degree in a relevant social science subject and/or relevant work or other (for example, voluntary) experience. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

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 3-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 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 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 7,950 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 3,975 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 7,950 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 3,975 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2018 9,475 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2018 5,075 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2018 4,825 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2018 2,650 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 9,475 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,075 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 4,825 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 2,650 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2018 4,825 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2018 2,650 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,650 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 4,825 per Year 1 (International) 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