University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Social Research Methods (Education)

The degree is designed to provide research training for those intending to move directly to doctoral study. It can also be taken as a standalone one-year degree if you wish to apply advanced research methodologies to an area of academic or policy interest without continuing to a doctorate.

Entry requirements

A first or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in a relevant social sciences subject, but applicants with other backgrounds may be considered. All applicants must supply a research proposal of at least three pages. The research proposal should indicate the areas of research you are interested in, summarise what you intend to do, give an indication of the research methodology you propose to use and a brief literature review. Please state at the top of your research proposal document the School and Department you wish to be affiliated to. Please note that this requirement applies to all applicants irrespective of whether they intend to progress to the PhD afterwards.

Course modules

Autumn term: Introductory quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as philosophy of science; social scientific research practice; or a theoretical core module within your chosen discipline. Spring term: Research design and ethics; and either 3 intermediate methods modules or one intermediate methods module and a subject-specific module. Intermediate methods modules include: Action research; comparative method; discourse analysis; ethnographic methods; evidence for policy and practice; participatory methods; policy and programme evaluation research; researching childhood and youth. Summer term: you take a series of advanced methods options and undertake supervised work on a dissertation focused on research methods. This dissertation can be the full research outline for doctoral study.

Assessment methods

Taught modules are variously assessed by term papers of 3,000-5,000 words or equivalent coursework portfolios. The research option is assessed by a dissertation of 10,000 words.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,060 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 14,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

Key information

Student Recruitment Services
Telephone number: 
01273 876787