University of Liverpool

University of Liverpool

Research Methodology (Sociology and Social Policy)

This programme is designed to prepare students to successfully undertake postgraduate study at MPhil and PhD level, or to become independent/career social researchers. It has Economic and Social Research Council 1+3 Recognition status and has been specifically constructed for students who intend to undertake professional and/or academic research in sociology, social policy and criminology. It provides a broad-based practical grounding in research techniques. Students are introduced to the principles of research design and strategy, as well as qualitative and quantitative data-analysis and presentation. Practical skills are developed through task-based activity.

Entry requirements

Applicants require either a 2.1 Honours degree or a Master�s degree in the social sciences or related areas. Experience and or strong supporting references may justify entry with a lower grade. Those with non-social science back grounds may also be considered if their experience and references suggest support for this. All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language, qualifications accepted include GCSE English; A-level English language; IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component); TOEFL iBT 88 or above with minimum scores in components as follows: listening and writing 21, reading 22, speaking 23.

Course modules

The programme consists of 8 modules and a research dissertation. The programme delivers 4 modules which address generic areas of social science research techniques and methodology. Training in generic social science research techniques will be complemented by 4 modules which relate specifically to research in sociology, social policy and criminology.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,300 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 12,200 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Centre Campus Liverpool L3 5PS North West

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