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 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 2nd 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

Core modules include: Perspectives on social research; statistical exploration and reasoning; research design and process; qualitative research methods in social science; quantitative research methods in social science; contemporary social work; policy related and evaluation research; dissertation. Optional modules include: Philosophy of social research; categorical data analysis with SPSS and R.

Assessment methods

Case study analysis, poster presentation and participatory evaluation and 15,000 word dissertation based on a supervised research project.

Sponsorship information

US Funding is available via the North East Doctoral Training Centre as part of funding arrangements for 1+3 studentships (masters + PhD).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

School of Applied Social Sciences
Telephone number: 
0191 334 1505