University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Social Research (Local Government and Public Policy)

This programme aims to provide students with a solid foundation in a broad range of social science research methods as well as basic research skills. Students will acquire a general overview of the philosophy of social research, and understand how this informs research design, methods of data collection and analysis. They also develop an ability to use a range of research methods, to communicate research findings effectively and an understanding of the potential use of and impact of their research within and beyond academia.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject.

Course modules

Core modules: introduction to social science research; research design; research methods i; research methods ii. Advanced training courses: from multiple linear to logistic regression; narrative research; analyzing hierarchical and panel data; visual research methods; ethnography and language in the social sciences; documentary research in education, history and the social science; researching disability; approaches to research on discourse; policy evaluation; advanced qualitative data analysis (using nvivo); secondary data analysis in social research; q methodology - a systematic approach for interpretive research design; activity theory and its research applications; introduction to time series regression; introduction to econometric software (module runs in semester one); randomised controlled trials; the role of thinking (subject to approval).

Assessment methods

Dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 14,140 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,210 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,210 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,210 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,210 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,210 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,105 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,105 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,105 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,105 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,105 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
PgCert Full-time September 2016 GBP 14,140 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
PgCert Full-time September 2016 GBP 2,070 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgCert Full-time September 2016 GBP 2,070 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
PgCert Full-time September 2016 GBP 2,070 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
PgCert Full-time September 2016 GBP 2,070 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
PgCert Full-time September 2016 GBP 2,070 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 14,140 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,140 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,140 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,140 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,140 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,140 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,070 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,070 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,070 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,070 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,070 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

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