University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Social Science and Complexity

Interest in simulation has grown rapidly in the social sciences. New methods have been developed to tackle this complexity. This programme will integrate traditional and new methods, to model complexity, evolution and the adaptation of social systems. These new methods are having an increasing influence on policy research through a growing recognition that many social problems are insufficiently served by traditional policy modelling approaches. This programme will equip you to develop expertise in the methods necessary to tackle complex, policy-relevant, real-world social problems through a combination of traditional and computational social science methods, and with a particular focus on policy relevance.

Entry requirements

Usually a First or Upper Second class honours degree or equivalent in a social science, natural science, mathematics, computer science or related subject, or relevant professional experience. We also require evidence of basic numeracy (a GCSE pass at grade C or above or equivalent in maths). English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent).

Course modules

Example module listing: Data analysis; field methods; computational modelling; theory model data; modelling the complex world; policy modelling; theory and method; statistical modelling; evaluation research; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment includes a dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (EU) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 17,500 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 24 months
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 24 months
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 24 months
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (EU) 24 months
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (England) 24 months
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 8,800 per Year 1 (International) 24 months
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 24 months

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