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International/EU: £14,460 for the course
- Learn social research methods and the supporting theories and philosophies.
- Develop areas of specialist interests and integrate these into your methodological training.
- Benefit from discussing research issues with students from other postgraduate and doctoral courses.
Focus on research specialisms encompassing sociology, social policy, politics, criminology, education studies, urban studies, youth studies and cultural studies. Study a range of research methodologies including interview-based narrative and biographical research, case studies, media analysis and statistical analysis of large data sets. Critique current developments, then design and conduct your own original research.
'The course was a perfect mix of social theory combined with practical research. It gave me the confidence and experience needed to secure my current job. I'm now working for a housing association in a policy and service development role.'
Pete Crean, MRes Social Science, 2018 graduate
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How you learn
The course includes a research-based dissertation, which may become a pilot study towards a PhD. Several recent students have gone onto doctoral level study. You can also take individual modules as short courses or combine them towards Social Science Research Methods.
You learn through
- research projects
- research proposals
This course prepares you for a career in
- research administration
- high executive officer positions
- the probation service
- research and lecturing
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for
- BMI General Healthcare
- Thornbury Hospital, Sheffield
- Graduate Centre, Sheffield Hallam University
- Department for Education and Employment
- National Probation Service
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Typically a 2.2 degree in a suitable subject. For example, sociology, social policy, criminology, cultural studies, youth studies, education, politics, urban studies, human geography, community studies, subcultural studies, audience studies, health policy, sexualities, policing, and drug rehabilitation.
International students must have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skill areas.
You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam.
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
|Module: Philosophies Of Research: Classical Social Theory||Credits: 15||
|Module: Philosophies Of Research: Contemporary Social Theory||Credits: 15||
|Module: Principles Of Methodology: Positivist Tradition||Credits: 15||
|Module: Principles Of Methodology: Social Constructionism||Credits: 15||
|Module: Dissertation (Social Sciences)||Credits: 60||
|Module: Qualitative Research 1||Credits: 15||
|Module: Qualitative Research 2||Credits: 15||
|Module: Survey Method 1: Design And Application||Credits: 15||
|Module: Survey Method 2: Descriptive Analysis And Statistical Significance||Credits: 15||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK postgraduate students starting part-time study in 2021/22 is £4,245 per year.
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
This course is not eligible for full-time Student visa sponsorship. International/EU students may apply for part-time Student visa sponsorship on an individual basis. Please contact Admissions for further advice.
Postgraduate student loans
Up to £11,222 available for Home students on most masters courses.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Sociology and politics courses (PDF)
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