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  • Entry requirements
    Standard Entry A second class honours degree in a social science related subject area, and/or relevant experience in social science research will be considered as entry requirements. Degree and non-degree applicants will be asked to complete a written application and may be invited for interview before admission. All international students must have an English language capability of IELTS level 7.0. Students will need to have access to a computer with an email account and access to the world wide web.
  • Academic Title
    Social Research (MSc)
  • Course description
    In a rapidly changing society the skills of analysing and researching social phenomena are critical. This programme is designed to equip you with a range of research skills, that will enable you to undertake an independent research project as the final part of your studies. You will be introduced to philosophies and issues underlying research and equipped with the range of skills needed to collect, analyse and report on qualitative and quantitative data. There is intensive support from module and guidance tutors, particularly if using quantitative research methods is a challenge. The research project offers an exciting opportunity to develop your own interests in any area of social science where the methods you have learned can be applied.

    What you will study
    You will have the opportunity for in-depth study of qualitative and quantitative research methods underpinned by an analysis of research philosophies. This will give you the chance to study research strategies ranging from document analysis through interviewing techniques, questionnaire surveys to participant observation. Options may be drawn from elsewhere in the postgraduate sociology and criminology programme.

    Year 1 Modules

    SO0510 Research Project Design, Management and Skills (OPTION, 30 Credits)

    SO0511 Research Philosophies and Issues (CORE, 30 Credits)

    SO0512 Crime, Violence and Masculinity (OPTION, 30 Credits)

    SO0541 Advanced Qualitative Methods (CORE, 30 Credits)

    SO0549 Research Project (CORE, 60 Credits)

    SO0551 Perspectives on Crime and Social Control (OPTION, 30 Credits)

    SO0554 The Sociology of Inequality (OPTION, 30 Credits)

    Assessment is specific to each of the modules but a student studying the programme will be appropriately assessed through different methods that support intellectual rigour and encourage the application of research skills. The emphasis is to make the assessment processes as relevant as possible to both the process of learning and to the workplace (where appropriate). A full range of assessment methods is used including assignments, case studies and a final research project.

    Students will be supported in their learning and teaching through the active use of the elearning portal to encourage peer group interaction and support. They will be allocated to guidance tutors who will support them in their choice of topic for the research project and encourage them to develop both intellectually and in terms of employability.

    Students are supported in their employability and career development through guidance and tutorial systems. The programme seeks to develop skills that can be transferred to the workplace, particularly co-operative working, selfmanaged learning and critical reflection. Students develop skills that are needed in many areas of employment, including local authority strategic development sections, independent consultancies, charitable organisations and government departments.

    The programme has been designed to meet the ESRC requirements for postgraduate study, meaning that students who complete it can go on to study for MPhil or PhD qualifications at Northumbria University or elsewhere.

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