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MSc Sociological Research
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MSc Sociological Research

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

Degree awarded
MSc
Duration
12 months full-time, 24 months part-time.
Entry requirements

Generally a 2:1 Honours Degree (or overseas equivalent) in Sociology or a Social Science subject is required for direct master's entry. 

However the MSc in Sociological Research course is a specialised, and research focused course and not all undergraduate social science degrees will provide the appropriate background.  Potential applicants are advised that transcripts will be checked to ensure appropriate material has been covered. 

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Useful information;

  • There is NO application fee.
  • International (non UK/EU) are advised to apply by 1 June.
  • UK/EU can apply up until 1 September.
  • We DO NOT require references, but please indicate the names of two referees on your form and we will request them if necessary.
  • Writing sample NOT required.
  • Personal statement NOT required.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y Y N N

Course overview

  • You want a course that provides a thorough grounding in advanced quantitative methods taught within an applied social science framework
  • You are interested in learning methods of data analysis, including advanced statistics for complex data
  • You would to study a skills-based course with practical training that is highly regarded for future employment within government and academia

Course Director: Dr Nick Thoburn, email; Nicholas.j.thoburn@manchester.ac.uk

Open days

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £18,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750
    International students (per annum): £9,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Scholarships/sponsorships

Please see the School's funding page for further information.

If you are already a graduate of The University of Manchester, please visit,

Faculty of Humanities/School of Social Sciences - Loyalty Bursary

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Zoe Woodend
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 1296
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 2450
Email
Website
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/sociology
Academic department overview

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Generally a 2:1 Honours Degree (or overseas equivalent) in Sociology or a Social Science subject is required for direct master's entry. 

However the MSc in Sociological Research course is a specialised, and research focused course and not all undergraduate social science degrees will provide the appropriate background.  Potential applicants are advised that transcripts will be checked to ensure appropriate material has been covered. 

English language

IELTS - overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.0

TOEFL IBT - overall score of 100 with 25 in each section.

TOEFL code for Manchester is 0757

Scores are valid for 2 years.

For students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, your test score is valid for 2 years preceding the course start date.

For example;

Test taken on or after 17 September 2016 - CAS issued June 2018 = Score is VALID

Test taken before 17 September 2016 = Score is INVALID

Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.

Applicants from certain countries MAY be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score.  For further advice please email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk

Pre-Sessional English Courses:

If you eligible to do a pre-sessional English course (either 6 weeks or 10 weeks, depending on your English score), you will be required to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course).

The dates and fees for next summer (2018) are now available on the English Language Centre's website.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply online

Useful information;

  • There is NO application fee.
  • International (non UK/EU) are advised to apply by 1 June.
  • UK/EU can apply up until 1 September.
  • We DO NOT require references, but please indicate the names of two referees on your form and we will request them if necessary.
  • Writing sample NOT required.
  • Personal statement NOT required.

Advice to applicants

Points Based System (PBS) International applicants who will require a visa to study in the UK can obtain up-to-date information on the latest student visa advice and guidelines.

How your application is considered

Applications are initially assessed by the Admissions Team and referred to the Admissions Tutor when required.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

  • Would you like cutting edge training in methods for careers in research and industry?
  • Do you want to develop sophisticated analytical and practical skills?
  • Are you looking for a course featuring outstanding teaching led by internationally respected scholars?

This programme aims to educate and train students to give them the requisite skills and knowledge to become an effective, professional sociological researcher. This entails teaching them:

  • the philosophical underpinnings of sociology
  • key issues and questions in sociology
  • key sociological theories
  • key issues in selected substantive areas of sociology (students are offered a range of options of such substantive areas)
  • principles of research design
  • techniques and principles of quantitative analysis
  • techniques and principles of qualitative analysis

This is a recognised 1+3 entry route for ESRC PhD training.

Contact:

Course Director: Dr Nick Thoburn

Email: n.thoburn@manchester.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 2496

Teaching and learning

IMPORTANT NOTE ON PART-TIME STUDY

Part-time students complete the full-time programme over two years.  There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme.  

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory modules and then select your optional modules to suit your requirements.  

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your module choices during induction week with your Course Director

Coursework and assessment

You are assessed by course work, mainly via 3,000 word essays or the equivalent, plus a 12,000 word dissertation.

Course unit details

You take six course units in Research Design, Social Theory; Cultural Identity; Methodological Issues; Quantitative Methods, and Qualitative Methods, and two optional course units. Examples of optional course units include: Politics and Culture; Protest and Progress: Understanding Movements for Social and Political Change; Cultures of Digital Play; New Developments in Theories of Gender and Sexuality. Students may also negotiate an Independent Studies course unit, linked to their particular research interests, subject to a suitable academic supervisor being available. Students complete a 12,000 word dissertation, on a research topic of their choice, in addition to the eight taught course units.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Social Theory & Cultural Identity SOCY60331 15 Mandatory
Research Design I SOCY60401 15 Mandatory
Research Design II SOCY60412 15 Mandatory
Methodological Issues in Social Research SOCY60432 15 Mandatory
Introduction to Quantitative Methods SOST70511 15 Mandatory
Archival Research POLI60251 5 Optional
Biography & Life History in the Social Sciences POLI60331 5 Optional
Interviewing Activists POLI70021 5 Optional
Doing Interviews SOAN60201 5 Optional
Practising Participant Observation SOAN60892 5 Optional
Sociology of Art SOCY60182 15 Optional
Creative Methods SOCY60192 5 Optional
Gender, Time & Change SOCY60211 15 Optional
Identity, Power and Modernity SOCY60221 15 Optional
Foundational and advanced perspectives on qualitative research SOCY60231 10 Optional
Secrets, Lies and Mass Deception SOCY60241 15 Optional
Human-Animal Relations SOCY60251 15 Optional
Culture, Modernity & Media SOCY60342 15 Optional
Independent Studies I SOCY60531 15 Optional
Sociology of Consumption SOCY60552 15 Optional
Independent Studies II SOCY60592 15 Optional
New Developments in Theories of Gender and Sexuality SOCY60991 15 Optional
Postcolonial Theory and Methods in the Social Sciences SOCY70112 15 Optional
Narrative Analysis SOCY70722 5 Optional
Social Capital and Social Change SOCY71012 15 Optional
Understanding Big Data For Social Research SOST60512 5 Optional
Introduction to Quantitative Methods SOST70511 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 27 course units

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Students who complete this MSc are suitably placed to pursue a PhD. In addition they are skilled to pursue social research careers in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Graduates who do not pursue a research career typically enter a wide range of graduate level occupations.