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MSc Social Science Research Methods (Management)

MSc Social Science Research Methods (Management)

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Social Research Methods Management (General) Social Sciences

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Course Summary

Programme overview

Social Science Research Methods (Management) provides comprehensive training in the process of research conceptualisation, design and operationalisation. It has been carefully formulated to reflect the training recommended by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It is particularly suited for those seeking a career as a social science researcher or planning to go on to a PhD in Management.

The programme delivers a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in the variety of qualitative and quantitative data collection methods available to the social scientist and in the principal methods of analysing data. The programme also covers the philosophies underpinning the research process, ethical considerations and social theory. You will be encouraged to apply your methods training to your substantive research interests.


The programme will provide you with a sound basis for further study at doctoral level or for your future career in a wide range of fields, including business, the public sector and third sector organisations.


The module offers graduate level grounding in the rationale, strengths and limitations of a selection of key research methods most commonly utilised in contemporary qualitative social research. The training covers topics that may include the reasons why qualitative research methods are adopted; a range of the most common methods used; the ethics and problems associated with conducting qualitative research; the use of observation, ethnography, interviews and focus groups as research methods; the use of archives and documents; visual research; techniques in e-research; research design; the use of covert and overt research; data protection; intellectual property rights; plus practical sessions on information retrieval, and the ethics and governance of data protection.

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Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or international equivalent in any Social Science discipline will be considered. Examples include: Anthropology, Politics, Criminology, Education, Geography, History, Law, Communication Studies, Public Health, Management, Organisational Behaviour/Theory and Business Ethics. Applicants must have completed three modules at 2:1 or above in management related units including sociology/societal concepts. Examples include Management (HRM/Strategy/Governance), Organisational Behaviour/Theory, Corporate Culture, Business Ethics, Marketing, Sociology, Research Methods. OR An upper second-class honours degree or international equivalent in Sociology or Research Methods. Applicants with a lower class of degree with relevant work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.