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Social Science Research Methods (Criminology) MSc

Social Science Research Methods (Criminology) MSc

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Criminology Social Research Methods Social Sciences

Course type

Taught

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 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.

Criminology pathway

Criminology at Cardiff has a long-established international reputation and stature (it has been taught since 1976). Over the years we have welcomed a significant number of students from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Our staff are nationally and internationally renowned for pioneering research and writing on both specialist and general topics. Our staff and your peer students bring a wide variety of histories and academic backgrounds to the programme which provides exciting exposure to a diversity of practical experiences as well as in-depth academic knowledge.

The Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice (CCLJ) has a thriving research culture supporting the work of over 30 doctoral students. You are actively encouraged to take part in the Centre’s activities and regularly present work in progress with academic staff at tri-weekly meetings.

The Criminology pathway provides you with analytic and research skills, an interdisciplinary knowledge base (as criminology draws upon the perspectives of sociology, social policy, law, psychology, and political science), and practical understanding of the production of criminological research.

Upon completion of the course, you will be equipped with an understanding of:

How problems of crime, safety and justice can be investigated.
What research strategies, designs and methods of investigation can be used to evidence problems of crime, safety and justice.
How evidence about problems of crime, safety and justice can be analysed, interpreted, communicated and criticised.

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 | 23-SEP-19

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

23-SEP-19

Modules

The aim of the dissertation is to explore a particular topic in detail by conducting a piece of independent academic research, which is then written up and presented in a scholarly manner. It provides an opportunity to draw together and demonstrate your command of the methodological issues which are the focus of the bulk of the taught modules. Undertaking a dissertation will do more than give you a deeper understanding of your particular topic and an appreciation of the nature of academic work. It is a key part of your degree, demonstrating your ability to produce high quality research through the application of what you have learned in the taught modules. However, it is important to remember that the dissertation is primarily a learning exercise; the emphasis is on experiencing a research project, rather than making ?great discoveries?.

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 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.

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