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Social Science Research Methods (Sociology) (Taught)

Cardiff University
1-2 Years
Full time/part time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
On campus
Cardiff
26 September 2022

About this program

Social Science Research Methods (Sociology) (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.

Sociology pathway

We’re a centre of research excellence in Sociology, with a number of well-established research centres, and widely recognised for our methodological innovation, application and training in both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

You’ll have the opportunity to work with a wide range of leading researchers, on a range of themes and drawing on varied approaches and theories. You’ll have opportunities to attend seminars and data analysis organised by our numerous interdisciplinary research groups, as well as attending events organised by our major research centres, including the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods.

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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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 (Sociology) (Taught) (Full time)

Year one

  • Developing Core Research Skills
  • Foundations of Social Science Research
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Research Applications
  • Advanced Concepts in Contemporary Sociology

Social Science Research Methods (Sociology) (Taught) (Part time)

Year one

Optional modules

  • Developing Core Research Skills
  • Foundations of Social Science Research
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Research Applications
  • Advanced Concepts in Contemporary Sociology

Year two

Optional modules

  • Developing Core Research Skills
  • Foundations of Social Science Research
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Research Applications
  • Advanced Concepts in Contemporary Sociology

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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