University of Stirling

University of Stirling

Applied Social Research

This course prepares students for undertaking social research and evaluation, leading to careers in research, research management and commissioning or using research. Our MSc is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting the research training guidelines for undertaking a PhD in Sociology, Social Policy, Social Work or Socio-legal Studies, as well as preparing you for an ESRC-recognised interdisciplinary PhD in Families, Relationships and Demographic Change and Social Care.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2nd Class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (6.0 in all bands).

Course modules

Core: The nature of social enquiry; research design and process; introduction to information technology and library services; quantitative data analysis; qualitative data analysis; comparative social research; policy analysis and evaluation research; plus 1 of 3 applied social research option modules: thinking sociologically; the principles of social policy; theorising social work. In addition to the modules, you will complete both of the following: group project: an opportunity to obtain first-hand experience of research techniques, data collection strategies and group work with the guidance from staff; plus a research dissertation: MSc students must undertake an original social science research study and complete a research dissertation with academic supervision.

Assessment methods

Essays, critical review essays, book reviews, research proposals, a computer lab-based assessment for quantitative data analysis, group project reports and the research dissertation. There are no examinations.

Sponsorship information

The Economic and Social Research Council quota awards are available on a competitive basis for students who wish to pursue the MSc plus a PhD on a 1+3 basis.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 4,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 11,400 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 4,000 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 11,400 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Stirling Campus Stirling FK9 4LA Scotland

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