Keele University

Keele University

Social Science Research Methods

The course offers pathways in the subject areas of: criminology, education, gerontology, health policy, management, social work, and sociology.

Entry requirements

Applicants should be graduates normally with a good Honours degree (2.1 or above) in a relevant social science subject. However, students from different backgrounds who believe they have the capacity to undertake postgraduate work in the social sciences should contact us to discuss their situation. Students for whom English is a 2nd language will need English language proficiency of at least 6.5 in IELTS text scores (or equivalent).

Course modules

Core modules: research skills and researcher development; principles of social science research; quantitative research and data analysis; qualitative research methods; subject-specific training 1; dissertation. Optional modules: subject-specific training 2; advanced quantitative data analysis; advanced qualitative research methods; ethnographic research.

Assessment methods

The programme is assessed through a broad range of methods of assessment, including: portfolio, essay, research proposal, review, report, exam, learning plan, pilot study and dissertation. These enable assessment of the student's analytical abilities, and of the student's evaluation of particular debates, material and evidence. The research proposal, the review, the pilot study and the dissertation facilitate assessment of the student's ability to select, apply and evaluate appropriate research methodologies in their chosen field of studies. The written assignments vary in length from 1,500 word reports through to 5,000 word personal development portfolios. Students must pass all the taught modules before they may proceed to the dissertation, which involves writing a dissertation of 15-20,000 words.

Sponsorship information

All students from North America (USA and Canada) are eligible for tuition breaks of 10%; students from universities that are among Keele University's partner institutions are eligible for tuition breaks of up to 25% of the tuition fee.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,260 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MRes Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,750 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MRes Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,750 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MRes Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,750 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MRes Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,750 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MRes Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,750 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
PgCert Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,550 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
PgCert Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,550 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
PgCert Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,260 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
PgCert Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,550 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgCert Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,550 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
PgCert Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,550 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,750 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,750 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,750 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,750 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,750 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,550 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,550 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,260 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,550 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,550 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,550 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,750 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,750 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,750 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,750 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,750 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Keele Campus Keele ST5 5BG West Midlands

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Key information

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01782 734010