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).
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.
Research Projects in Practice: From Design to Dissemination
The Philosophies of Social Research
Quantitative Research Methods 2
Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences
Contemporary Debates in Sociology
The Social Life of Science and Technology: Theories and Debates
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.
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
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Part Time (per year):£3,250
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