Social Science Research Methods (Criminology) (Taught)
Our MSc in Social Science Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences.
You will be provided with a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies, of the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist and of the principal methods of analysing social scientific data. You will also be introduced to the political and ethical frameworks within which social science research is conducted, and to some of the ways in which the results of social science research are disseminated.
The course pathways have ESRC recognition and they each provide the appropriate training basis for proceeding to a PhD. These programs provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, the application of social research expertise for occupational career development, and the pursuit of substantive areas of interest at postgraduate level.
Criminology at Cardiff has a long-established international reputation and stature (it has been taught since 1976). Over the years we have welcomed a significant number of students from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Our staff are nationally and internationally renowned for pioneering research and writing on both specialist and general topics. Our staff and your peer students bring a wide variety of histories and academic backgrounds to the program which provides exciting exposure to a diversity of practical experiences as well as in-depth academic knowledge.
The Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice (CCLJ) has a thriving research culture supporting the work of over 30 doctoral students. You are actively encouraged to take part in the Centre’s activities and regularly present work in progress with academic staff at tri-weekly meetings.
The Criminology pathway provides you with analytic and research skills, an interdisciplinary knowledge base (as criminology draws upon the perspectives of sociology, social policy, law, psychology, and political science), and practical understanding of the production of criminological research.
Upon completion of the course, you will be equipped with an understanding of:
- How problems of crime, safety and justice can be investigated.
- What research strategies, designs and methods of investigation can be used to evidence problems of crime, safety and justice.
- How evidence about problems of crime, safety and justice can be analysed, interpreted, communicated and criticised.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the academic year. The final modules will be published by September.
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Applicants should normally hold a first or upper second-class undergraduate degree in a humanities or social sciences subject. However, other applicants will be considered if they can demonstrate, through recent and relevant experience, that they have the ability to undertake the course.
Applicants whose first language is not English are required to obtain a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 with at least 6.5 in writing, and at least 5.5 in all other sub-sections. An equivalency in another English Language qualification may be accepted. Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements.
This course is suitable for graduates in social science and cognate disciplines including sociology, politics, critical psychology, education, social policy and social work, criminology, management and business studies, history, area studies, geography, pedagogy, public administration, industrial and employee relations, and law.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Scholarships & funding
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Full-Time Tuition fee
- UK and EU students: £7,700
- Students from outside the EU: £17,450
Part-Time Tuition fee
- UK and EU students: £3,850
- Students from outside the EU: £8,725
What skills will I practise and develop?
You will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills which are discipline specific and more general ‘employability’ skills.
Skills will include:
- the ability to collect, analyse and interpret a range of complex data
- a range of appropriate qualitative and quantitative research skills
- the use and application of information technologies
- the ability to communicate and present ideas and findings in a variety of ways, for example, in writing, and orally
- the ability to problem solve, and work individually and in groups.
This program provides appropriate training for proceeding to a PhD.
This program provides knowledge and expertise suitable for careers in research and development, business, market studies, public agencies at international, national and local levels, education, teaching and other public services work, and voluntary organisations.
About this institute
Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...
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