Manchester Metropolitan University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Social Research (Taught)

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Course summary

Overview Develop a thorough understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods. Explore theoretical approaches and the challenges of interdisciplinary research. Focus on a specific research project of your choice. This masters degree combines core units in research methods with option units across education, childhood and youth, social policy and social work. You’ll gain a broad understanding of social science thinking and practices. Our MA Social Research degree is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC’s) White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership. UK applicants are therefore eligible to apply for 1+3 studentships to fund their MA and subsequent PhD (see for details). After completion of the course, UK students will also be eligible to apply for ESRC +3 awards to fund a PhD, through any of the ESRC’s 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships across the UK. EU applicants are normally eligible for a fees-only award unless they have been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately preceding the date of the award. It’s designed for anyone who’d like to pursue a career in research, whether you’re hoping to go on to PhD study, work as a social researcher in the public or private sector, or are on a career break and interested in exploring social research. Through this course, you’ll develop the skills to begin your research career and to contribute to wider research communities. Features and benefits

  • Research project - Your final assignment is an independent research project, on a topic of your choice.
  • Collaboration - We deliver this course in collaboration with the White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP), which provides access to funding for UK students.
  • Training and development - We’ve designed our course to meet the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) postgraduate training and development requirements.
  • Thriving research community - You’ll be taught by research-active staff with expertise in different disciplines, across the Faculty of Health and Education and the Department of Sociology.

Course details

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Entry requirements

Applicants need to have an honours degree or a postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a UK honours degree. Other qualifications or experience may be acceptable if students are able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills to a UK honours degree standard. Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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