University of Stirling

University of Stirling

Applied Social Research

This programme prepares students for undertaking social research and evaluation, as a background to careers in research, research management and commissioning or using research. This programme covers six subject areas: Applied social science; education; film, media and journalism; management; nursing, midwifery and health; sports studies. There is a core of four shared modules in generic research skills, plus specialist disciplinary modules and a range of options. They combine high quality with flexibility and choice for students. There is an opportunity for a research placement offered to all students.

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 1st language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (6.0 in all bands).

Course modules

The compulsory modules are: The nature of social enquiry; research design and process; quantitative data analysis; qualitative data analysis; comparative social research; policy analysis and evaluation research. You must also take two further modules from a list including the following: Thinking sociologically; research placement; advanced quantitative data analysis; advanced qualitative data analysis; criminological perspectives; criminalisation, social control and human rights; research methods in criminology and socio-legal studies; management and change; managing information; paying for housing; renewal and regeneration; housing health and wellbeing; discourse analysis. In addition to the above modules students will complete the following: 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.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time £ 4,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MRes Full-time £ 11,400 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MRes Part-time - 30 months

Campus details

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

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