Cardiff University

Cardiff University

Social Science Research Methods

The course provides training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences. Students are provided with a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies, of the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist and of the principal methods of analysing social scientific data. They are also introduced to the political and ethical frameworks within which social science research is conducted, and to some of the ways in which the results of social science research are disseminated.

Entry requirements

A good degree or a recognised equivalent qualification. Non-graduates are considered if they can demonstrate, through some recent and relevant professional experience, that they have the ability to undertake the course.

Course modules

Core modules include: Research design; quantitative and qualitative methods; contemporary social theory; study skills.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include dissertation of 20000 words.

Sponsorship information

This scheme is eligible under the ESRC 1+3 and +3 schemes.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,850 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 14,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 2,925 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 7,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cathays Park Campus Cardiff CF10 3AT Wales

Key information

Masters Programmes Office (School of Social Sciences)
Telephone number: 
029 2087 0284