Swansea University

Swansea University

Social Research Methods

This programme provides advanced training in a range of research methods used in the social sciences, and has ESRC Research Training recognition. The course has been developed to enable students to develop practical research skills and advanced methodological expertise (both qualitative and quantitative); instill familiarity with research ethics and governance, and gain knowledge about theoretical research concerns across the full spectrum of social science disciplines.

Entry requirements

Normally an initial degree (a minimum of a 2.1 or a 2.2 supplemented with relevant academic references) in 1 of the social sciences. Enquiries from applicants with an initial degree in a cognate subject or other relevant qualifications are also welcome. Applicants who do not possess these qualifications may be considered if they have at least 2 years relevant experience at a responsible level and can demonstrate the ability to cope with the academic requirements of the programme. Students whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (with a minimum 6.0 in each component).

Course modules

Modules typically include: research and study skills; data collection in context; the ethics and philosophy of social research; quantitative methods; dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,300 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 13,300 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 1,750 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
MSc Part-time £ 4,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Singleton Park, Swansea Swansea SA2 8PP Wales

Key information

College of Human and Health Science Admissions Office
Telephone number: 
01792 513466