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Year of Entry 2020/21
MRes

Social Science

Learn fundamental research methodologies in preparation for work in sociology, social policy, and governmental and commercial organisations.


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What is the fee? Home/EU: £7,420 for the course
International: £13,905 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
When do I start? September 2020

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Course summary

  • 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.

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'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

Watch course leader Dr Bob Jeffery talk about this course.

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 a PgDip/PgCert Research Methods in Social Science Research Methods.

You learn through

  • essays
  • research projects
  • presentations
  • research proposals

Course leaders and tutors

Dr Bob Jeffery
Dr Bob Jeffery
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

I have taught at Sheffield Hallam University since November 2011. Prior to this I had four years teaching experience at the University of Salford, as well as ad hoc … Read more


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • nursing
  • 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 Collegiate Campus

Collegiate campus

Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Collegiate Crescent
Sheffield
S10 2BP

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Entry requirements

All students

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. 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. Find out more

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.

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'.


Modules

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.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Dissertation (Social Sciences) Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Philosophies Of Research: Classical Social Theory Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Philosophies Of Research: Contemporary Social Theory Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Principles Of Methodology: Positivist Tradition Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Principles Of Methodology: Social Constructionism Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Qualitative Research 1 Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Survey Method 1: Design And Application Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Discourse And Linguistic Theory And Analysis Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Qualitative Research 2 Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Survey Method 2: Descriptive Analysis And Statistical Significance Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Survey Method 3: Modelling Survey Data Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £7,420 for the course.

† 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.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,905 for the course.

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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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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

Apply for September 2020

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry. If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

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