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Social Science Research Methods (Social-Legal) (Law) (Taught)

The PgDip Social Science Research Methods will provide you with advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences. All course pathways have ESRC recognition and meet the training requirements for ESRC PhD funding.

This programme offers extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, the application of social research expertise for occupational career development, and the pursuit of substantive area of interest at postgraduate level.

You’ll 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’ll 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.

Socio-legal pathway

The School of Law and Politics has a well-established reputation for outstanding research across the range of legal studies that makes a vital contribution to scholarship and the development of the law. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework recognised the School as a leading legal research institution, with most activity classed as world leading or internationally excellent.

This pathway builds on that reputation for scholarship in the area of socio-legal studies and is supported by academics in the Centre for Law and Society, which in turn is supported by the Journal of Law, and Society. The research environment is enriched by extensive collaboration with the Department of Politics and International Relations, as well as other schools in the University and beyond.

Admission requirements

Typically, you will need to have either:

  • a 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject area such as 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 or an equivalent international degree
  • a university-recognised equivalent academic qualification.
  • or relevant professional experience evidenced by a reference. The reference must be provided by your employer to evidence that you currently work in an area relevant to the programme. This should be signed, dated and less than six months old at the time you submit your application.

English Language requirements:

IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in all subskills, or an accepted equivalent.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Social Science Research Methods (Social-Legal) (Law) (Taught) (Full time)

Year one

  • Developing Core Research Skills
  • Themes in Socio-Legal Studies [20]
  • Foundations of Social Science Research
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Research Applications

Social Science Research Methods (Social-Legal) (Law) (Taught) (Part time)

Year one

Optional modules

  • Developing Core Research Skills
  • Themes in Socio-Legal Studies [20]
  • Foundations of Social Science Research
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Research Applications

Year one

Optional modules

  • Developing Core Research Skills
  • Themes in Socio-Legal Studies [20]
  • Foundations of Social Science Research
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Research Applications

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition

Full-Time tuition fees

  • UK students:£8,200
  • International students:£18,700

Part-Time tuition fees

  • UK students:£4,100
  • International students:£9,350

For more information about tuition fee, 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 paths

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.

Previous students from this course have gone on to a variety of roles including:

  • Researchers/policy advisors for third sector organisations
  • Local and national government researcher posts
  • Researcher roles in Higher Educational Institutions
  • Further studies at doctoral level.

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