University of Huddersfield

University of Huddersfield

Social Research and Evaluation

Students on this course critically study research methods and data analysis within a multidisciplinary framework providing them with rigorous practical and applied training in social research. The course is designed to meet the postgraduate training requirements of the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Entry requirements

You must have either: an Honours degree at 2.1 or above, where at least half of the module credits covered 1 or more social science disciplines; substantial relevant work experience where you have undertaken empirical social research or management experience, such as leading research projects and commissioning and appraising social research proposals. Applicants whose 1st language or language of instruction is not English will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent. You will require very good English language skills, especially on modules involving qualitative analysis. If you have alternative qualifications or experience please contact us for advice before applying. You will require access to a computer, which is capable of playing video and audio files via the internet, as well as word processing and e-mail. In order to run some of the analytic software, your computer must have a minimum of Windows XP or a similar up-to-date operating system so you can run Windows XP. You will also require constant internet access and a headphone/microphone combination.

Course modules

Core modules: dissertation (sre) (dl); evaluation and reviews (distance learning); introduction to qualitative and quantitative data analysis (distance learning); social research methods (distance learning); optional modules: philosophy and design in health and social research (distance learning); qualitative data analysis (distance learning); qualitative data capture (distance learning); questionnaire and survey design (distance learning); statistical analysis of research data (distance learning).

Assessment methods

Most of the assessment will be practically based, where you will practice the data collection and data analysis techniques you have learnt and present your results in a research report format to professional standards. In a few cases you may be required to produce critical essays and undertake presentations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Distance learning (full-time) September 2016 - 1 years
MSc Distance learning (full-time) September 2016 - 1 years
MSc Distance learning September 2016 - 3 years
MSc Distance learning September 2016 - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Huddersfield Huddersfield HD1 3DH Yorkshire and the Humber

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