MA/PGDip Social Research (Social Policy)
Within the public sector, there is an increasing emphasis on ‘evidence-based policy-making’ and on the critical review of policy-making and its impacts. The Social Research (Social Policy) programme from University of Birmingham will provide you with the skills to make a real difference in this area.
|Duration:||MA: 1 year Full-Time; 2 years Part-Time
PGDip: 9 months Full-Time; 18 months Part-Time
|Tuition Fee:||£21,960 per year (MA – Full-time)
£14,640 per year (PGDip – Full-time)
|Location:||Birmingham, United Kingdom|
You will acquire a general overview of the philosophy of social research, and understand how this informs research design, methods of data collection and analysis. You will also develop an ability to use a range of research methods to communicate research findings effectively and an understanding of the potential use of, and impact of their research, within and beyond academia. Optional modules will offer you the opportunity to advance your command of specific research methods and techniques, as well as substantive areas of social policy.
This Social Research (Social Policy) programme from University of Birmingham is recognised by the ESRC as a research training programme designed to provide you with a solid foundation in a broad range of social science research methods as well as basic research skills. The core elements of this programme will be delivered by staff from across the College of Social Sciences, many of them engaged in cutting-edge research in their particular fields.
If you are interested in undertaking an academic or research career in the areas of social policy, social work, health and social care or criminal justice fields, this programme could be for you. The programme will offer you a rigorous and systematic social research training, an opportunity to apply this to your particular area of policy.
- Philosophy of Social Science Research
- Research Design, Practice and Ethics
- Transforming Identities
- Transforming Societies
- The Third Sector and Social Policy
“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”
Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology
This course is designed for those considering research as a career. That includes those wanting an academic career, for whom this degree is ideal preparation for undertaking a doctorate (PhD). It also includes those seeking a research career in such areas as central government, local government, charities and in consultancies and market/social research. The degree also provides good transferable skills in evaluation and in analysing data, and the ability to critique published research.
For entry onto this programme you will normally have an undergraduate degree of at least a 2:1. Applicants with a 2:2 degree classification will be considered on a case by case basis, if you have extensive related work experience. Speakers of English as a second language will be required to hold an IELTs 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each band or equivalent qualification.