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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Social Sciences

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

This MSc allows you to create a bespoke programme of study that draws on our expertise in fields such as childhood and youth studies; crime, safety and justice; education; social theory; social and public policy. As such, each student can tailor their learning to suit their own interests and aspirations. This programme is suitable for anyone wishing to enhance their academic record and employability profile, providing a range of transferrable skills for the workplace, as well as a foundation for those wishing to go on to further training in a variety of professional fields. It will be of value and relevance to students from both the UK and overseas.

You will develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of social scientific theory and research methods, alongside more specialist material from a selection of fields such as childhood and youth studies; crime, safety and justice; education; social and public policy.

It is not possible to provide a single course description for the MSc in Social Science due to the unique character of this programme. Each student will experience the course in a very different way, depending on the particular module choices that they make.

Distinctive features

This course offers opportunities for you to work in an interdisciplinary social science environment and to benefit from a breadth of substantive, theoretical and methodological expertise with leading scholars.

It is one of the few courses available in the UK that provides you with the freedom to piece together your own programme of study, drawing from a number of different fields such as childhood and youth studies; crime, safety and justice; education; social and public policy.

You will have the opportunity to develop your expertise in social theory and research methods and design through the core modules offered on the programme.

Different course options

Full time | Cardiff University | 1 year | 23-SEP-19

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

23-SEP-19

Modules

This module will provide students across several substantive social science disciplines with an introduction to the principles and practice of research design and methods. It introduces students to the main data collection methods used in social sciences and provides a common grounding in how to critically evaluate the research of others and make appropriate choices in their own research projects, enabling them to specify, design and conduct a research project. The course is a 30-credit module comprising 10 x 2 hours whole class/workshop sessions and 5 x 2 hours specialist subject seminars. The whole class sessions, in the form of lectures and discussions, follows the real-world research process: starting with consideration of what can be known and how we can question the social world; moving on to issues of research design, ethics and sampling; leading to consideration of different methods of data collection. Seminars will provide an opportunity to focus on the critical evaluation of research in a specific subject area and will support the early process of designing a dissertation study. Additional optional workshops will offer an introduction to qualitative and quantitative data analysis using software (NVivo and SPSS).

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£7,350

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£16,650

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold, or be close to completing, a first or second-class undergraduate degree in a social sciences or humanities 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.

University information

Cardiff University is the oldest university in the capital of Wales. This Russell Group university has over 8,600 postgraduate students and was ranked 5th in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Cardiff has over 4,000 international (non-EU) students every year, with more than half of those pursuing postgraduate studies. Its main Cathays Park campus is located in the city centre, with a second campus shared with the University...more