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  • Objectives
    This degree will equip you with the theoretical understanding and practical skills required to carry out independent research in social science-based studies of science, technology and society (STS), using a variety of methodological approaches and research techniques. It will interest graduates preparing for doctoral studies, who are now required to have an in-depth training in research methods before undertaking their PhD. The course includes modules in Research Design and Practice, Philosophy of Social Sciences, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, as well as specialist modules in Exploring Science and Technology in Society and Genetics, Biorisks and Society. A dissertation forms an important part of the course. The emphasis throughout is upon linking theoretical and methodological understandings with practical experience of research design and implementation.
  • Academic Title
    MA Research Methods (Science, Technology and Society)
  • Course description
    Research Methods (Science, Technology and Society) (MA)
    Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

    Course Content
    This course will familiarise you with the range of methods used by researchers in the social sciences, as well as understanding the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of these methods.

    By the end of the programme, you will be able to make an informed choice about which methods are appropriate for answering particular questions and should be competent to design and carry out research using a range of different methods of data collection and analysis.

    You will develop a clear grasp of the ethical and political issues which arise in research in the social sciences and be able to frame research in relation to the theoretical and conceptual issues which are relevant to your particular area of study.

    You will study a series of core modules that concentrate on research skills and methodology, as well as subject specific modules – Exploring Science and Technology in Society and Genetics, Biorisks and Society.

    These modules will focus on contemporary developments in science and technology, the ethical issues and the risks they raise, and their potential impact on society and the natural environment.

    These developments will be explored from a multidisciplinary perspective, including sociology, law, politics, public policy and relevant sciences.
    Please note that all module details are subject to change.

    A dissertation forms an important part of this course and will give you the opportunity to carry out an independent research project in a subject area of your choice.

    Course Structure
    The MA in Research Methods (Science, Technology & Solciety) can be taken on a full-time basis over 1 year or part-time over 2 years,

    You will take 120 credits of core subject specific and research modules before completing a 60 credit dissertation over the summer period towards the end of the course.

    Each module is individually assessed, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate a range of research skills including:

    Critical analysis through essay
    Report writing
    Group work
    Oral presentations
    Project development and completion
    The 15,000-word dissertation will be a research proposal and will also include a literature review and pilot work relevant to your personally chosen topic of interest. You will have an individual supervisor to oversee every stage of your Dissertation.

    Key facts

    This course has been recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for students wishing to apply for PhD 1+3 and +3 studentships awarded by the STS panel.
    The Institute of Science and Society (ISS) offers this Masters programme in collaboration with a consortium with two other academic Schools – Sociology and Social Policy, and Nursing – who share training in research methods

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