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. Our Department of Politics is a lively and distinguished centre of interdisciplinary research, with a strong reputation for the quality of our teaching. Some of the world's most famous libraries are on our doorstep in Bloomsbury, central London, and you can walk down to Whitehall, where Parliament and the UK's most influential and important think-tanks and centres of political research and analysis are located. Our departmental building was once a key location for members of the Bloomsbury Group, so you could be studying in rooms that have hosted distinguished visitors, including T. S. Eliot, George Bernard Shaw and Maynard Keynes.

Entry requirements

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

MSc

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.

PgDip

You take 4 compulsory modules.
Full-time compulsory modules:

Introduction to Quantitative Social Research;
Masterclass in Social Research;
Qualitative Social Research;
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;
Theorising Social Research.

PgCert

You take 2 compulsory modules.
Compulsory modules:

Introduction to Quantitative Social Research;
Qualitative Social Research.

Assessment methods

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.

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.

PgCert

Each module requires you to submit a research project and sit a 3-hour examination in May/June.

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 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 13,750 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 6,875 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 - 2 years
PgCert Full-time October 2016 - 1 years
PgCert Part-time October 2017 - 1 years
PgDip Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,775 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
PgDip Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,775 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
PgDip Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
PgDip Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,775 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgDip Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,775 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
PgDip Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,775 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 6,875 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
PgDip Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
PgDip Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

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

Get in touch

Remember to mention TARGETpostgrad when contacting universities.

Key information

Contact: 
Department of Politics
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6780