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Social Science Research Methods (Management) MSc

Social Science Research Methods (Management) MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Social Sciences

Course type


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.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module is designed as an introduction to research design and data analysis in quantitative social research. It includes questionnaire design; sampling and problems of missing data; sofftware packages - Word, Excel, Powerpoint, SPSS; inputting and manipulating data; deriving variables; reliability and scaling; levels of measurement- nominal, ordinal and interval; distributions and three-way tables; crosstabulations; chi-square test; causality and control variables; measures of association; secondary data analysis. The emphasis is on becoming a critical and intelligent user of statistics. Students will be guided through the basics of descriptive statistics to structured analysis using hypothesis testing. By the end of this unit students will be able to evaluate the research practice, data and interpretations of others and conduct their own analyses.

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

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent qualification). Degrees from any social science discipline are considered. Work experience is not required.