Further study

Graduates from the MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics (SMRS) explain how the course has helped them pursue further postgraduate study.

"Half way through the MSc Social Research Methods and Statistics programme, I was encouraged to consider continuing on for a PhD. Prior to enrolling on the MSc I had researched possible career paths to enter after completing, but not options for further study. So when the opportunity arose I weighed up the pros and cons of staying on at The Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research (CCSR) - now part of the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMIST). Now half way through my PhD, I am enjoying the very rewarding opportunity that it is. My research into older women's employment trajectories is interesting and topical and my statistical knowledge and skills are continuing to develop in the supportive environment that CCSR provides. Before returning to postgraduate study I spent ten years teaching mathematics in the secondary sector, and as a bonus I've been able to use my teaching skills in a different context by providing support on various courses."

JP / PhD student

"I had several years' experience working in policy and research for local government and wanted to develop my quantitative research skills further. The SRMS course at CCSR is highly regarded and ideal in providing the advanced training I was looking for. The course provided me with a good grounding in research theory, technical skills and exposure to real research, enabling me to successfully apply for the ESRC funded PhD studentship at CCSR which I am currently completing." 

DB / PhD student