Durham University

Durham University

Social Research Methods (Social Work)

This programme provides an introduction to the principles and values of social work and an understanding of the organisation and delivery of social welfare and related services in the UK. It also provides you with a grounding in the social research methods necessary to conduct applied types of research that are a fundamental part of social work practice and evaluation.

Entry requirements

Normally an upper second class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent. However, applications from candidates with a 2.2 (or below) who have approved professional qualifications, for example in Social Work, together with experience, will be actively considered for admission.

Course modules

You will take a range of taught modules primarily in the first two terms of the academic year. Starting from the first term, you will undertake a module on research design which enables students to develop a research proposal for their dissertation. Part-time candidates take an equal balance of credits in each year.

In previous years, typical modules offered were:
Core Modules:
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 Work Context and Practice (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.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
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 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 9,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
School of Applied Social Sciences
Telephone number: 
0191 334 1505