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MA Research Methods (Sociology)

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  • Objectives
    The MA in Research Methods will equip you with the theoretical understanding and practical skills required to carry out in-depth research in Sociology using a variety of methodological approaches and research techniques.
  • Entry requirements
    This course will be of particular interest to those preparing for doctoral studies.
  • Academic Title
    MA Research Methods (Sociology)
  • Course description
    Research Methods (Sociology) (MA)

    Course Content
    The taught component of the programme consists of 120 credits taken over one year for full time students and two years for part-time students. In addition to the core modules which account for 80 credits, students will also take two 20 subject specific modules.

    A student will then take 5 common taught modules plus two subject specific modules relating to their own chosen pathway. In addition each student will undertake a subject specific dissertation.

    Assessment

    Each module is individually assessed. The assessments enable students 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 consisting of a literature review and research work that is relevant to the students own discipline area. Each student will have an individual supervisor who will oversee the dissertation.

    Assignments will be marked and moderated internally, and marks will be subject to approval from the External Examiner.

    Course Structure
    MA in Research Methods Full time

    Semester One

    Research Design and Practice 10 credits
    Philosophy of Social Science 10 credits
    Quantitative Methods & Data Analysis 20 credits
    Contemporary Debates in Sociology 20 credits

    Semester Two

    Qualitative Research: Issues and Methods 10 credits
    Applied Qualitative Methods 20 credits
    Globalisation, Citizenship and Identity 20 credits
    Graduate School Courses on-going throughout the programme 10 credits
    Dissertation on-going throughout the programme 60 credits

    MA in Research Methods Part time

    Year 1

    Semester One

    Research Design and Practice 10 credits
    Quantitative Methods & Data Analysis 20 credits

    Semester Two

    Qualitative Research: Issues and Methods 10 credits
    Contemporary Debates in Sociology 20 credits

    Year 2

    Semester three

    Philosophy of Social Science 10 credits
    Globalisation, Citizenship and Identity 20 credits

    Semester four

    Applied Qualitative Methods 20 credits
    Graduate School Courses on-going throughout the programme 10 credits
    Dissertation on-going throughout the programme 60 credits

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