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Social Science Research Methods (Educational Studies) (PgDip)

Social Science Research Methods (Educational Studies) (PgDip)

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Full time | Cardiff University | 1 year | 26-SEP-22

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Education Studies Social Sciences

Course type


Course Summary

Advanced training in research methods preparing you for PhD study.

The PgDip Social Science Research Methods will provide you with advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences. All course pathways have ESRC recognition and meet the training requirements for ESRC PhD funding.

This programme offers extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, the application of social research expertise for occupational career development, and the pursuit of substantive area of interest at postgraduate level.

You’ll 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’ll 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.

Education pathway

Research training in Education builds on the internationally recognised research carried out by our academic staff. You’ll benefit from this specialist expertise in education research, as well as from our interdisciplinary profile within the Social Sciences.

You will be encouraged to attend and participate in the activities of our Education Research Group, which holds regular programmes of meetings providing opportunities to share ideas and discuss issues in the policy and practice of education-related research.


This module aims to familiarise students with the underlying principles and philosophical assumptions of educational research. It explores shifting trends in educational research and how these are related to enduring debates around the nature of evidence and the relationship to professional practice and policy formation. These debates themselves reflect competing definitions of the nature and purpose of education.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

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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.