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Social Science Research Methods (Psychology) MSc

Social Science Research Methods (Psychology) MSc

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Social Sciences Social Research Psychology (General)

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. It provides students with a thorough knowledge of research design, data collection, and the principal methods of analysing quantitative and qualitative social science data. The MSc in Social Science Research Methods (Psychology) aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the social sciences and particularly Psychology.

You will be offered 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.

This is a one-year, full-time course, leading to the award of MSc. It draws on the internationally recognised research conducted in the School of Psychology.

The course pathways have Economic and Social Research Council recognition and they each provide the appropriate training basis for proceeding to a PhD. The course provides extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, the application of social research expertise for occupational career development, and the pursuit of substantive areas of interest at Master’s level.

The philosophical foundations of research training that are reflected on this course are broad based in that you will be expected to not only acquire an understanding of the basic theoretical and methodological applications within your individual domain of research, but to attain a depth and breadth of knowledge that facilitates future publication and dissemination of your own research findings and an ability to interpret and critically evaluate research findings derived across disciplinary boundaries.

Distinctive features

The formal research training programme in Psychology draws on the internationally recognised research conducted at Cardiff University.

We are one of the largest psychology departments in Britain, allowing us to offer well-resourced teaching and research opportunities in all areas of psychology, from neuroscience and brain imaging to environmental risk, social and developmental psychology, encompassing both basic science and applied aspects. Our teaching was judged to be 'Excellent' in the Teaching Quality Assessment.

We take pride that Cardiff educates UK and International students from all backgrounds. We offer a rounded academic student experience both socially and academically, with the opportunity to pursue a wide range of activities. The overarching objective of postgraduate research training employed within the School is to equip students with a level of competence, comprehension and understanding of the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of their research so as to allow them to compete as international calibre researchers in the future.

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 considers the relationship between the dominant philosophical perspectives which inform social science research and the practice of doing social science research. It provides the foundations for learning about social science research by enabling students to justify and explain their own epistemological choices. The module highlights how these choices impact upon questions of research design and method. The module introduces philosophical/theoretical concepts alongside practical issues of research method choice and design.

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

Students should normally have a 2:1 degree or above or an equivalent qualification. Alternatively, they may be considered for admission if they are able to demonstrate that they have held, for a minimum period of two years, a position of responsibility relevant to the programme, or, in exceptional circumstances, be able to demonstrate equivalent skills that are sufficient to meet the demands of the programme.

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