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MA/PGDip/PGCert Social Research Methods

MA/PGDip/PGCert Social Research Methods

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Full time | University of Roehampton | 1 year | 26-SEP-22

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1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Research Methods Education Research

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Course Summary


This programme is designed for students looking to embark on a successful career as a researcher or academic and provides you with the necessary training as part of your study for your MPhil/PhD.

It's distinctive in providing students with an exciting opportunity to develop expertise in a range of both quantitative and qualitative research methods of data collection and analysis with a focus on their application to real-world issues.

The course has 1+3 recognition from the Economic and Social Research Council. Only three Education Departments in post-92 universities have this prestigious kitemark.

To enhance your engagement with the issues to be examined, and to allow flexibility over how you manage your time, the Social Research Methods programme will be delivered through weekly sessions in the Autumn and Spring semesters supplemented by tutorial support available (both face-to-face and electronically). Evening sessions are provided for part-time students.


This is the course for those wishing to be employed in the research field of education and/or social sciences and for anyone intending to continue their studies to doctoral level. You will also gain PGCert and PGDip awards in this course.


The module provides an introduction to the philosophy of social science. It introduces students to some of the different philosophical ideas and perspectives that inform social scientists and their research. It aims to address the theoretical foundations of some of the concepts informing the module The Introduction of Research Design, which is taught in the Autumn term. The module provides understandings on the ontological, epistemological and methodological underpinnings of social science research in light of different philosophical traditions. It is intended to equip students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to address the theoretical and philosophical insights pertaining to research in the social sciences.

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Entry requirements

General entry requirements: You should usually hold a second-class honours degree (certain programmes may require a 2:1) from a recognised British or overseas university. Non-graduates with appropriate professional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis by Programme Conveners. Applicants will be expected to apply and register for the full master's award. Those with a third-class honour’s degree are encouraged to complete an application as we will consider an applicant's wider circumstances in deciding on an application.

University information

Located in South-West London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The university has a long history dating back over 180 years. Through its oldest College, Whitelands, it has provided higher education to women for longer than any university in the country. Today, it has a thriving range of postgraduate programmes and an excellent research...more