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Course summary

Our Social Science Research (Socio-Legal Studies) MA is aimed at students who want to follow an ESRC-funded pathway onto a PhD or are interested in developing a wide range of social science research techniques. You will develop the following skills:

  • Comprehension of the principles of research design and strategy, including understanding how to formulate research questions for empirical investigation
  • Appreciation of alternative approaches to research
  • Understanding of a broad range of research methods and the use of appropriate software for their application
  • Advanced research skills and techniques
  • Research management techniques, including data management, and conducting and disseminating research
  • Understanding of the significance of alternative epistemological positions that provide the context for theory construction, research design, and the selection of appropriate analytical techniques
  • Solid grounding in the basics of probability and a critical understanding of the scientific method and the nature of reflexivity
  • Application of good ethical practice
You will graduate with the skills to manage a successful research career and contribute to wider society.


You will complete 95 credits of core research methods modules, plus 25 credits of advanced research methods or law-specific training, and a 60-credit dissertation.

Assessment method

You will be assessed through the programme by a combination of coursework, examinations and dissertation.

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject in the arts, humanities, or social sciences; IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.5 for reading and writing and 6.0 for speaking and listening)

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Social Science Research (Socio-Legal Studies) MA at University of Nottingham - UCAS