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Social Research Methods (Social Policy)MSc

Social Research Methods (Social Policy)MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Social Research Methods Social Policy / Administration

Course type


Course Summary

This course aims to prepare you for a research career and equip you with the necessary skills for further postgraduate study such as a PhD. The social policy pathway aims to bring together a core training in research methods within the specific disciplinary field of social policy.

You will take four social research methods modules which meet the requirements of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). These core modules will be taken by students across different disciplinary pathways. We encourage you to apply your pathway knowledge throughout these modules. You will also study two social policy modules. This will allow you to balance the necessary research methods training requirements with specific disciplinary knowledge. In order to successfully complete the master's programme you will conduct and complete your own research project of your own choice which should have a social policy focus.

This course is suitable for you if you are looking to improve or develop your ability to research and evaluate policy and practice ethically and professionally, and if you are wishing to conduct research in an academic setting or pursue a career as a social researcher. The programme draws heavily on learning strategies which encourage and promote independent learning and critical thinking. Taught sessions will be delivered as workshop-style classes which place emphasis on group and individual activities. The programme is designed to continually address the connections between theory and research practice. Therefore, experiential learning is a core element of programme provision and students will be expected to actively participate in class and preparation activities. This will include making use of practical methods for finding and retrieving information, examining methods of data collection and conducting analysis of data.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



You gain a thorough grounding in quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques. You will be introduced to the UK Data Service and explore the range of data available. The module will focus on quantitative analysis using SPSS as a tool to conduct exploratory and inferential statistical analysis. You will learn key assumptions associated with making appropriate analysis decisions, and will also be introduced to key qualitative data analysis techniques and relevant software. This module will also consider visualising and representing data and developing interpretations of findings.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a good second-class honours degree in a relevant field.

University information

Based on its vibrant campus in the heart of Middlesbrough in North East England, Teesside University is a friendly, modern university offering a broad portfolio of courses. The University has recently invested more than £270m in its town-centre campus giving it a leading edge in digital innovation, forensic facilities and sport and health sciences buildings. The University is investing an additional £300m over the next ten years to further...more

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