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Social Science Research (Social Policy) MSc

Social Science Research (Social Policy) MSc

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Social Sciences Social Research Social Policy / Administration

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

Our MSc Social Science Research (Social Policy) programme provides you with a comprehensive overview of the key methodological and philosophical debates that currently shape social sciences. It also provides an opportunity to develop specialised research methods skills in an internationally renowned department for social policy research.

The programme consists of compulsory and optional modules, delivered across four different academic schools within the University, meaning you benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to your studies. The academic schools are:

School of Social Sciences and Humanities
School of Sport, Exercise, and Health Sciences
School of Business and Economics
School of Science

The modules are taught by leading researchers selected for their expertise in the taught research methods and topics.

We are host to the prestigious Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP), which over the past 30 years has developed an international reputation for high quality applied policy research. Most prominently, CRSP is currently involved in the study of the Minimum Income Standard programme.

The School of Social Sciences and Humanities is also home to the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture (CRCC). Established in 1991, the centre has since grown to be one of the largest of its kind in the UK. The CRCC’s core topics themes include:

Culture, Economy, and Policy
Language and Social Interaction
Media, Memory, and History
Nations, Migrants, and Citizenship
Political Communication
Social, Political, and Cultural Theory

On completion of the Social Science Research (Social Policy) programme, you will have met the MSc training requirements for PhD funding from the ESRC, opening up the possibility of securing PhD funding from the ESRC.

Who should study this programme?

those wishing to pursue a career in academia
social policy practitioners, who wish to both develop and strengthen their applied research skills
those wishing to conduct research in non-academic public and private sector roles.

What you'll study

Our MSc Social Science Research (Social Policy) programme is designed to produce graduates with rigorous research and analytical skills, who are well equipped to progress onto being high-level researchers in their chosen field of study.

Your personal and professional development

The School of Social Sciences and Humanities is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

The programme is in full compliance with the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) requirements for an MSc in Social Science Research. On completion of the course, you will have met the training requirements for PhD funding from the ESRC, opening up the possibility of securing PhD funding from the ESRC.

Different course options

Full time | Loughborough University | 1 year | 28-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

28-SEP-20

Modules

This module will introduce you to the different ontological and epistemological ways in which social science research is framed. This will then be applied by analysing pertinent theoretical approaches for their ontological and epistemological nature which are located in the critical traditions of thought. Their role in research design will be considered, especially with a view to the different sources of knowledge that are available and appropriate.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£9,300

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£19,100

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a related discipline.

University information

Loughborough University is in the top 10 of every UK league table, has an award-winning student experience and was voted University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. Our research has impact. We are a top 10 research-led university in England (REF 2014) and we have been awarded seven prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of our world-class excellence in areas of service and benefit to the UK – only Oxford...more