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Social Research Methods MSc (PGDip)

Social Research Methods MSc (PGDip)

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Social Research Methods

Course type


Course Summary

Are you considering a career as an academic or professional researcher? Are you a recent graduate who has already taken up a career but want to develop your research methods skills and practice? This masters-level course is designed to train you across social science disciplines in research methods skills and practice.

Our Social Research Methods MSc provides extensive, in-depth postgraduate training and provides you with a solid foundation for doctoral studies and further research work as academics, or career development as professional researchers.

The course is particularly relevant for those considering applying for an ESRC-accredited PhD programme in social policy or business studies. It includes core and intermediate-level research methods modules as well as the opportunity to study creative, innovative and advanced research methods.

If you do not wish to study for a masters, there are exit awards available for postgraduate certificate and postgraduate diploma.


Social Science Research Methods MSc provides you with the necessary research training for doctoral work. It also enhances your career opportunities in areas including central and local government, non-governmental organisations, social research, teaching, journalism and the media.

Students can exit with PGDip.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Principles of Social Research (philosophies of social research including ethics) - Core
Social Research Methods (qualitative and quantitative methods) - Core
Mixed Methods in Social Research (how to adopt a range of methodologies in research) - Core
Dissertation on a topic of your choice - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course if you wish to begin studying with us in 2020. Degree and experience 2:1 honours degree in any social science discipline.

University information

Located on England’s beautiful south coast, the University of Brighton is a busy multi-campus university with a diverse body of over 3,800 postgraduate students. The university offer over 200 postgraduate courses, many accredited by professional bodies, and most providing flexible study options so that students can balance their studies with other commitments. The University was awarded silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017. The...more

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