University of Hull

University of Hull

Applied Social Research

The MSc in Applied Social Research is an ideal route for those wishing to gain employment as social researchers or as a first-year training programme for students aiming to progress to PhD level study. The course provides a comprehensive programme of advanced study, covering quantitative and qualitative research methods and issues from across the social sciences. The research training includes modules in interviewing techniques, questionnaire and survey design, ethnographic practice, philosophical issues, quantitative and qualitative data analysis and computing with SPSS. The programme offers an advanced and applied postgraduate study that equips students with demonstrable skills and experience for a wide range of careers in the following fields: research agencies, charities and independent organisations, trade unions, pressure and lobby groups.

Entry requirements

MA

MA has now changed to the MSc (please see MSc for further information)

MSc

Applicants are normally expected to have an upper second class degree or equivalent in the social sciences or a related discipline, but applicants with other qualifications and relevant experience are carefully considered.
International students - Competence in English is required for international students. For example: IELTS with 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each skill; previous study in English is accepted; candidates that do not meet the language requirements may take an English course at the University of Hull prior to entering the programme.

Course modules

Core modules
Semester 1

Ethnographic Practice
Philosophical Issues in Applied Social Research
Survey Methods Questionnaire Design
The Research Interview

Semester 2
Central Issues in Applied Social Research
Computerised Quantitative Data Analysis
Explorations of Qualitative Research Theory and Practice

Summer period
Dissertation

Optional modules
Encountering Development: Why Gender Matters
Feminist Perspectives in Social Research
Feminist Theory: Between Difference and Diversity
Key Issues in Identity Politics and Policies
Other(ed) Bodies: Anthropology of Gender and Sexual Diversity
The Body in Culture, Politics and Society

Assessment methods

As a whole, the programme aims to develop:
a general understanding of the research process in the social sciences
an awareness of the diversity of research styles, approaches or strategies
more specific and practice-based knowledge of a number of quantitative and qualitative research techniques, and an ability to evaluate their appropriateness to particular research settings and objectives
an appreciation of the links between empirical research and theoretical and ethical epistemological issues in social sciences through reference to chosen topic tracks
an ability to complete successful applied research within particular substantive fields

The core modules are organised in such a way that there is a logical progression from Semester 1 to Semester 2, from the more abstract to the more concrete and from specific research methodologies to their corresponding analytical issues and techniques. Optional modules reflect staff's specialist expertise in different areas of the social sciences and may be subject to change. All students undertake supervised empirical research and produce a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 12,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,600 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,600 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,600 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,600 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Hull Campus Hull HU6 7RX Yorkshire and the Humber

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Key information

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Postgraduate Admissions Team
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01482 466850