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Social Research Methods

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Degrees available: Degree Length of study Full time Part time MSc 12 months 24 months PGDiploma 9 months 18 months This course has one start date - September Academic School: School of the Environment How to apply: Apply online via UKPASS

Closing date: For entry Sept 2013, apply before 19th July 2013, if you need a visa to study in the UK

Fees: Academic Year Home/EU Overseas 2012-13 £3,400 £10,500 2013-14 £3,600 £11,000 2014-15 £3,800 £11,500

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Social research methods are a means of providing evidence to examine ideas about socie…

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Useful Links Course leaflet (pdf)Geography @ Dundee
Staff Profiles Prof Nick Fyfe
Related Courses All Geography PG Courses

Social Research Methods

Snapshot

Degrees available: Degree Length of study Full time Part time MSc 12 months 24 months PGDiploma 9 months 18 months This course has one start date - September Academic School: School of the Environment How to apply: Apply online via UKPASS

Closing date: For entry Sept 2013, apply before 19th July 2013, if you need a visa to study in the UK

Fees: Academic Year Home/EU Overseas 2012-13 £3,400 £10,500 2013-14 £3,600 £11,000 2014-15 £3,800 £11,500

Overview

Social research methods are a means of providing evidence to examine ideas about society - they are a way of 'knowing'. Social research methods are important not just to social scientists wishing to study a particular problem or to test a theory in a way that is be considered rigorous. They are also fundamental tools of value to government, service providers and to business. There are of course a diverse range of research methods available to social scientists.

This course seeks to introduce students to a portfolio of research skills that will help them not only to become competent researchers but also to expand their employment horizons. The course emphasises that it is important not only to understand how to use a particular research tool, but also to consider the wider meanings of how knowledge can be constructed in different ways and for diverse range of purposes. One particular feature of the course is the analysis of large datasets and plus GIS skills. The course seeks to encourage students to think critically not only about the methods they use, but also to reflect on the limitations of what is knowable from the evidence presented by others.

The staff teaching the course have wide experience of both quantitative and qualitative research methods, and have deployed these skills not only to pursue frontline research in social science, but also as expert advisers to governments and as consultants to international organisations.

Aims of the Programme

The aims of the MSc/Diploma programme in Social Research Methods are:

  • to advance your knowledge and understanding of the nature of research in social science
  • to enhance your skills in areas that will equip you as a social scientist for employment in a government, business or a public policy environment as well as in an academic context

Career Prospects

The course seeks to offer students a wide range of skills suitable for entry into careers as information officers and analysts, research assistants and geographical system experts working in a business or government environment.

Research by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) shows that the demand for Social Science Masters students with quantitative research skills far outstrips supply. This degree programme course has strong emphasis in this area, but the optional modules allow you to tailor the the course to your personal career ambitions.

Previous students from our other MSc programmes have gone on to work for local authority planning departments, the General Registrars Office Scotland (census office), GIS analysts for Tayside Police, ONS social analysis unit, and also as research assistants within the University sector.

Programme Content

There are core modules in:

  • Theory and Research Skills in Social Science
  • Geodemographic and Statistical Methods
  • Questionnaire Design and Qualitative Methods

Plus students choose one from:

  • Geographical Information Systems for Analysis of Population
  • Applied Population and Health Studies
  • Social Exclusion
  • Migration and Transnationalism
Students enrolled on the Masters programme also complete a dissertation.

Methods of Assessment

The course is assessed by coursework (essays, practical classes, projects), examination and dissertation (for Masters students).

Entry Requirements

You should have, or expect to have, a first degree in geography or a cognate social science such as economics, planning, sociology or social work. Students are expected to have already achieved a good second class honours degree, or an equivalent standard where students have studied abroad

English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.5 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.

Sources of Funding

Information about the School of the Environment scholarships can be found on the School of the Environment scholarships webpage.

Other sources of funding for postgraduate students can be found on our Scholarships webpage.

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Postgraduate CoordinatorDr Ed Hall
Geography
School of the Environment
University of Dundee
Nethergate
Dundee
DD1 4HN
Scotland

Telephone: 01382 388073 (from the UK)Telephone: +44 1382 388073 (from outside the UK)
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Email:e.c.hall@dundee.ac.uk Postgraduate AdmissionsAdmissions and Student Recruitment
University of Dundee
Nethergate
Dundee
DD1 4HN
Scotland

Telephone: 01382 384 384 (from the UK)Telephone: +44 1382 384 384 (from outside the UK)
Fax: 01382 385 500 (from the UK)Fax: +44 1382 385 500 (from outside the UK)
Email: postgrad-admissions@dundee.ac.uk
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