University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde

Social Policy (Research Methods)

This course offers students the opportunity to develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of key social policy issues together with advanced training in research methods. The course aims to: improve your knowledge and understanding of the factors which shape social needs and the ways in which different societies have responded to these; enhance your research skills; enable you to undertake an independent research project on a topic of your choice.

Entry requirements

Course modules

Semester 1: Principles of research design; quantitative methods 1; welfare concepts and ideas. Semester 2: Qualitative methods; approaches to welfare: past, present and future. Optional classes: Advanced project module; other approved classes; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Your work will be assessed in a variety of different ways. Some classes, including the classes in the Principles of Research Design, Quantitative Methods and Qualitative Methods, are assessed by coursework and exams. Welfare concepts and ideas is assessed by two essays of 2,500 words each. Approaches to welfare: past, present and future and the Advanced project module will be assessed by means of a single 5,000-word essay. The Dissertation is 15,000 words in length.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 13,500 per (Year 1) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,800 per (Year 1) 12 Months
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 6,750 per (Year 1) 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,400 per (Year 1) 24 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Strathclyde G1 1XQ Scotland

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