University of Essex

University of Essex

Survey Methods for Social Research

Our course gives are students training in survey research methodology. Our course is normally appealing to those students who wish to develop a career as a social or market researcher, or are already working in this field and wish to undertake further professional development or a research degree. The course covers all of the key topics in survey research, including: sampling methods; questionnaire design; the management of the survey process; and methods for analysing survey data. Students also choose an optional topic from a number of modules in our department or another social science discipline. Central to students' studies is an emphasis on practical learning and experience, so each student undertakes a work placement in 1 of a number of professional research organisations and are taught by academics and leading survey research practitioners.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or high 2.2 degree, or equivalent, in sociology or a related discipline. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: Applied sampling; survey measurement and question design; introduction to quantitative analysis; panel data methods; dissertation. Optional modules include: Advertising: Commerce and creativity; applied sampling; colonialism, culture and human rights; contemporary debates in sociology; coverage and non-response in surveys; critical perspectives on terrorism and counter-terrorism; current controversies in criminology and criminal justice policy; digital economy; dynamics of home and work; ethnography; formative debates in criminology; gender, sexuality and feminist theory; interviewing and qualitative data analysis; introduction to quantitative analysis; introduction to survey design and management; media theory; organised crime (global and local); panel data methods; sociological research design; sociology of human rights; survey measurement and question design; texts and documents; work-based project.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include a combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams.

Sponsorship information

Research council funding; some University of Essex scholarships available.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 15,500 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (England) 24 months
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 7,750 per Year 1 (International) 24 months
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 24 months
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 24 months
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Graduate Administrator, Department of Sociology
Telephone number: 
01206 872719