Social Science Research Methods (International Relations) (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.
International Relations pathway
The Postgraduate Diploma in Social Science Research Methods (International Relations) aims to provide advanced training in research methods. This program will offer you an opportunity to develop analytical skills, an interdisciplinary knowledge base, and a practical understanding of research in International Relations.
This program will provide you with:
- A thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies.
- Information on the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist.
- 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.
In order to have meaningful contact with research being conducted by staff in the School, you will be linked to a research group. The Politics and International Relations pathways are closely associated with the operation of the School’s research units and centres. The International Relations pathway is closely associated with the research activities of the International Studies Research Unit (ISRU) which encompasses a wide range of areas.
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.
2:1 or above in Any Humanities, Social Science and Arts discipline. or a recognised equivalent qualification. Non-graduates will be considered if they can demonstrate, through some recent and relevant professional experience, that they have the ability to undertake the course.
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.
Typical IELTS offer: An overall IELTS score of 6.5, (with at least 6.5 in writing and 5.5 in all other sub-scores), is required for non-native English speakers or those who have not had a substantial part of their education taught in the English language.
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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