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Social Research Methods (Social Policy)

The field of Social Policy examines the definition, pattern and range of social problems in contemporary society and the various policy responses to them. It explores the role of the state in relation to the welfare and management of its citizens and the role of state intervention in determining the conditions under which people live. This programme is designed to provide you with a grounding in social research as applied in social policy investigations.

Course modules

You will take a range of taught modules primarily in the first two terms of the academic year. Starting in the first term, you will undertake a module on research design which will enables you to develop a research proposal for your dissertation. Core Modules: In previous years, typical modules offered were: Perspectives on Social Research (15 credits) Statistical Exploration and Reasoning (15 credits) Research Design and Process (15 credits) Qualitative Research Methods in Social Science (15 credits) Quantitative Research Methods in Social Science (15 credits) Social Policy and Society (30 credits) Policy Related and Evaluation Research (15 credits) Dissertation (60 credits)

Assessment methods

Modules are usually assessed through essays. Statistics modules may require you to complete specific analyses with more structured instructions. Some module conveners may allow you to submit formative assignments in order for you to obtain a sense of how well you understand the subject. Some modules' assessment may contain a proportion of presentations and group projects.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 9,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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School of Applied Social Sciences
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