Social Research, M.A.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    14750
    Tuition (Year)
    6500
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
Lancaster University ,
The MA in Social Research is a Masters programme that combines rigorous methodological training with subject-specific modules in different areas of social inquiry. This unique and flexible degree is based in Lancaster’s world class Sociology Department.
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  • Fees and funding

About

The MA in Social Research is a Masters programme that combines rigorous methodological training with subject-specific modules in different areas of social inquiry. This unique and flexible degree is based in Lancaster’s world class Sociology Department.

Offering a sound introduction to the key issues in social science methodologies, the degree trains students to anticipate and work with the epistemological and ontological issues underpinning social and cultural research. At the same time it introduces students to the social and cultural theories that have shaped and continue to shape research in the social sciences. Students will carry out ‘hands on’ training in selected research methods and skills, and will become skilled in the translation of theoretically informed research questions into research projects.

This Masters degree is particularly relevant to MA students who wish to seek ESRC funding in view of pursuing a PhD. But the programme also prepares you for a wide range of careers that require an advanced understanding of how to conduct research on societies and social issues. These include working in local and national government, a range of public sector positions, nongovernmental organisations, voluntary sector organisations, teaching in schools and colleges, and research positions.

A great advantage of this programme is its flexible structure, which means that students can tailor the content of their MA in accordance with their own interests, without losing the focus on research training. Five pathways into the research training programme are offered: Sociology; Gender and Women's Studies; Media and Cultural Studies; Environment, Culture and Society; and Science, Technology, Innovation and Social Practices (STISP).

Programme Structure

This MA has five different pathways available which allow students to tailor the programme to their own interests without losing the focus on research training. Below is a sample of modules which are available to students on this programme - for full details please read more about our pathways.

Year 1

    Core

    • Research Projects in Practice: From Design to Dissemination

    • The Philosophies of Social Research

    • Quantitative Research Methods 2

    • Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences

    Optional

    • Contemporary Debates in Sociology

    • The Social Life of Science and Technology: Theories and Debates

    • Discourse Analysis

    • Critical Debates in Media and Cultural Studies

    • Debates in Gender Research

    • Gender, Sex and Bodies

    • Environment and Culture

    Information contained on the website with respect of modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, or staff changes, or new research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

  • An upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in a relevant social science.
  • IELTS: 7.0 or equivalent.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 14750 International
  • GBP 6500 EU/EEA

Part Time (per year):£3,250

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