Research Methods (Science, Technology and Society) (MA)
Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
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.
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
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.
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