City, University of London

City, University of London

Research Methods

This programme is for students who wish to develop their knowledge and skills as a professional researcher in academia, private or public sectors. It is suitable for those seeking to undertake foundational training for doctoral level research, as well as those planning to work in an environment where they might need to commission, undertake, or otherwise critically engage with empirical social research. The aim of the course is to boost your understanding, appreciation and practice of qualitative and quantitative research methods. It is taught by academics in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, so whatever your academic or professional background, you will achieve a broad perspective on the production and consumption of empirical research across a range of disciplines. At the same time, you will be able to pursue your own subject specialism through elective module choices and by conducting your own original research for your dissertation. In the course we aim to equip you with an overview of key issues in research design and philosophical foundations of social research. We offer several modules in applied quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. These equip you with a set of practical skills to enable you to conduct and critically read research using these methods, and provide a firm foundation from which you can pursue further specialist training. Students will typically have a first degree in an arts or social sciences subject. Some students come to us with prior experience of conducting empirical research, or using it, while some are new to the field - the programme thrives on the diversity of experiences and interests of its students.

Entry requirements

MSc: Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree in a social science discipline, but other relevant subjects will be considered. Applications are also welcome from those with experience of working in a relevant area. An equivalent qualification from an overseas institution will be considered. Students are required to have a grade C or above in Mathematics at GCSE or equivalent. All students are expected to be computer literate. For students whose first language is not English, the following qualifications will meet the English language requirement for entry to the programme: A first degree from a UK Institution; a first degree from an overseas institution on the UKVI list of approved majority-English speaking countries; a national of a country on the UKVI list of approved majority-English speaking countries; GCE O Level/GCSE English language or English literature, grade C minimum; Cambridge ESOL CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) at grade C or above; an overall score of 7 in the English Language Testing System (IELTS) with at least 7.0 in the writing component.

Course modules

You will take six core modules alongside your dissertation. Your taught core modules will be as below: Research design, methods and methodology (15 credits); Rationale and philosophical foundations of social research (15 credits); Qualitative research methods (15 credits); Applied qualitative data analysis (15 credits); Introduction to quantitative inference* (15 credits). You will choose one of the following (two if you do not study quantitative interference) core quantitative analysis modules with the guidance of the Programme Director: Statistical models ** (15 credits); Applied econometric and psychological research methods (15 credits); Multivariate data analysis (15 credits); Statistical modelling ** (15 credits); Research methods dissertation (60 credits). * May not be compulsory if you have prior training in quantitative methods. ** You may study Statistical models or Statistical modelling, but not both. In addition, you take one or two elective modules (to the value of 30 credits): Culture and Creative Industries (Sociology Department) - Evaluation, politics and advocacy (15 credits); Culture (15 credits); Cultural policy (15 credits). Department of Journalism - Storytelling (30 credits); Literary criticism non-fiction (30 credits). Department of Economics - Macroeconomics (15 credits); Financial derivatives (15 credits); Corporate finance (15 credits); Asset pricing (15 credits); Econometrics (15 credits). Department of International Politics - Political Islam in global politics (15 credits); International financial institutions (15 credits); Understanding security in the 21st century (15 credits); International organisations in global politics (15 credits); Development and world politics (15 credits); Political economy of global finance (15 credits); The politics of forced migration (15 credits); Global governance (15 credits); International politics of the Middle East (15 credits); Global financial governance (15 credits); US foreign policy (15 credits); Economic diplomacy (15 credits); Foreign policy analysis (15 credits). Department of Psychology - Fundamental processes in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology (15 credits); Mental health, wellbeing & neuroscience (15 credits); Research methods & programming (15 credits). Department of Sociology - Survey research methods (15 credits); Transnational media and communication (15 credits); Developments in communications policy (15 credits); Political communication (15 credits); Democratisation and networked communication (15 credits); Communication, culture and development (30 credits); Celebrity (15 credits); Analysing crime (15 credits); Researching criminal justice (15 credits); Criminal minds (15 credits); Victims: policy and politics (15 credits); Crime news and media justice (15 credits).

Assessment methods

Assessment is by means of coursework (written assignments, essays or reports), class tests, presentations, unseen written examinations, and the dissertation. The particular assessment details vary according to the module being studied. Your overall degree result is based on your performance in the taught modules and the dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 6,630 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 6,630 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 6,630 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 6,630 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 6,630 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 13,260 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,315 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 6,630 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,315 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,315 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,315 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,315 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years

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Northampton Square EC1V 0HB London

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