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Social Science Research Methods (Educational Studies) (Taught)

Cardiff University
Program overview
1-2 Years
Full time/part time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
17,450 GBP
English
Start dates
Cardiff
17,450 GBP
28 September 2020

Cardiff
17,450 GBP
27 September 2021

Program description

Social Science Research Methods (Educational Studies) (Taught)

Our Postgraduate Diploma 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.

Education pathway

Research training in Education builds on the internationally recognised research carried out by our academic staff. You will benefit from this specialist expertise in education research, as well as from our interdisciplinary profile and the wider Cardiff University Research and Graduate School (RGS) in the Social Sciences, which acts as a focal point for students from social science departments throughout the University.

You will be encouraged to attend and participate in the activities of our many research groups. Education students are formally located into at least one of the following research groups:

  • Education Research Group
  • Labour Research Group
  • Childhood
  • Ethnography, Culture and Interpretive Analysis
  • Sexualities and Gender
  • Work, Employability and Labour Markets
  • Culture, Imagination & Practice

These groups hold regular programs of meetings which provide opportunities for researchers to share ideas and discuss issues in the policy and practice of education-related research.

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.

Admission requirements

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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Tuition fees

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

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Qualification

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.

Continuing studies

This program provides appropriate training for proceeding to a PhD.

Career opportunities

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.

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