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Social Science Research Methods (Social Work) PGDip

Social Science Research Methods (Social Work) PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Social Work Social Research Methods Social Sciences

Course type


Course Summary

This programme provides advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences and meets the training requirements for ESRC PhD funding. 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 programmes 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.

Distinctive features

You will be supervised by academic staff with considerable expertise in their chosen fields. These staff members are actively involved in disseminating research via publications in academic and practitioner journals, books and presentations to conferences. Many staff members are involved in editing or reviewing for scholarly management journals.

Different course options

Full time | Cardiff University | 1 year | 28-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module introduces a range of qualitative research methods for students without a background in core social science subjects. The module will build upon the Foundations module. The module provides students with opportunities to reflect upon the different kinds of data generated from a range of core qualitative approaches. A main aim of the module is to provide knowledge, training and practice in the collection, analysis and representation of qualitative data. The module will enable students to gain understanding, and undertake analysis of, different kinds of qualitative data; consider the relationships between data collection and data analysis; and engage in methodological reflection on topics such as the ethics and politics of representation, reflexivity and theorization. The module will foster critical appreciation of the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of qualitative inquiry and contemporary debates about qualitative research methods.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry 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.