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Social Science Research Methods (International Relations) (Taught)

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

Cardiff
17,450 GBP
27 September 2021

Program description

Social Science Research Methods (International Relations) (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.

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.

Admission requirements

2:1 undergraduate degree or above in any Humanities, Social Science and Arts discipline.e 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.

Where English is not your first language, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6:5 overall,(to include 6.5 in writing and 5.5 in all other sub-scores) or an equivalent English qualification.

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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