Brunel University London

Brunel University London

Social and Cultural Research

The course is a valuable preparation and qualification for a career in social research. It is also an excellent primer for those candidates planning to undertake a PhD in Sociology, Cultural Studies and cognate disciplines.

Entry requirements

A UK first or 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification. Applicants should demonstrate some knowledge of social research methods. Applicants with 2.2 degrees will be will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with other degrees together with relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis. English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas); TOEFL Paper test: 580 (TWE 4.5) PBT; TOEFL Internet test: 92 IBT (reading 20, listening 20, speaking 20, writing 20); Pearson: 58 (51 in all sub-scores); BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas). Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accept a range of other language courses. We also have a range of pre-sessional English language courses, for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Course modules

Modules include: Qualitative methods in social and cultural research; quantitative data analysis; graduate research skills and professional development; dissertation. Optional modules: Issues and controversies in media and communications; media and globalisation; creative industries; web cultures; media audiences; principles of media research; popular culture.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework. Some of these are in a traditional essay format, while others allow students to complete projects or research exercises. A dissertation of approximately 15,000 words is completed over the summer period in consultation with a supervisor. Students are encouraged to conduct primary research in an area relevant to the course in preparation for the dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years
MSc Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Brunel University London Uxbridge UB8 3PH South East

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