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Social Science Research Methods (Environmental Planning) MSc

Social Science Research Methods (Environmental Planning) MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Environmental Planning Social Research Methods

Course type


Course Summary

This MSc provides the opportunity to develop a broad set of research skills required by all social scientists; as well as the subject-specific requirements of the ESRC’s Environmental Planning Subject Area Panel.Our MSc 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.

Environmental Planning pathway

This Postgraduate Diploma provides the opportunity to acquire generic research skills required by all social science researchers, as well as the subject-specific requirements of the ESRC’s Environmental Planning Subject Area Panel.

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 aims to support students with developing core basic and transferable research skills that postgraduate researchers across the social sciences are widely expected to acquire. Social science research entails a range of basic skills connected with identifying and evaluating literature, managing the research process, attending to ethical issues, and engaging productively with research users. In addition, it entails transferable process skills including communicating about research, networking to build contacts with other researchers and research users, disseminating research by developing a convincing argument in written and oral accounts for academic and user audiences, and taking responsibility for researchers? own continuing professional development. The research skills profile that is acquired underpins disciplinary and methodological learning within other modules.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a good first degree 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.

University information

Cardiff University is the oldest university in the capital of Wales. This vibrant and diverse Russell Group university has over 31,000 students, 8,455 of which are postgraduate students and nearly 8,000 are international students, coming from over 180 countries. The University is renowned for research-led teaching and cultivates a stimulating academic environment where cutting-edge research can be produced. The University was ranked 5th in...more

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