University of York

University of York

Social Research

This course has been specifically designed to develop your methodological skills and research techniques, providing you with the necessary knowledge and skills to undertake study at doctorate level or to follow a career in academia, government or commercial research; introduce you to the key elements of social research, providing you with access to knowledgeable staff and allowing you to explore key sociological areas such as culture, criminology, political economy, psychology, philosophy and psychoanalysis; gain in-depth knowledge of a range of research methods, developing skills in both qualitative and quantitative research and data analysis; develop the most effective techniques to observe and conduct interviews and you will become proficient in the dissemination of information gathered; introduced to a range of statistical techniques such as descriptive statistics, chi-squared tests, and regression analysis, but also innovative techniques, such as multiple correspondence analysis.

Entry requirements

You will be expected to have at least a 2: 1 honours degree in a relevant subject. If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Course modules

Module includes: qualitative methods; quantitative methods and data analysis; social research methods and management; advanced methods in social research; digital by-product data and the social sciences; themes and issues in contemporary sociology; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Core modules will be assessed by a mixture of 'open' essays (where an assignment is prepared in your own time and handed in) and presentations. You will then complete a 15,000-word dissertation on an original piece of your own research.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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