1 year full-time,
2 years part-time
The complex relationships between social actors make for fascinating study. Whether your interest is in culture, crime, health, language and communication, or social inequalities, the MA in Social Research will prepare you for doctoral study or a career in social science research.
I've enjoyed thinking at an academic level again, especially about new concepts that have developed since I finished my undergraduate degree in 2002.Tim MA Social Research
Our MA in Social Research provides exceptional teaching in both quantitative and qualitative methods. You'll be taught by internationally recognized experts and you'll become an autonomous researcher capable of researching key societal issues.
From day one, you will be encouraged to produce your own original research, using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. You will develop interview and other data collection techniques and become proficient in methods of data analysis, such as visual analysis, conversation analysis, regression analysis and multiple correspondence analysis.
This postgraduate degree has been recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
The masters in Social Research is comprised of six modules:
Social Research Methods & Management
You will learn to develop a research project from conception through analysis to the dissemination of your results. This module will give a general overview of the decisions social researchers have to make when they develop a sociological project.
Qualitative Methods will give you an understanding of and expertise in the key methods of qualitative data collection and analysis. You will develop practical skills in research techniques such as the following:
Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis
This module will provide you with the skills and techniques to be able to analyse key sets of data, using methods such as:
Advanced Methods in Social Research
You will build on the qualitative and quantitative data analysis methods studied in the previous modules, improving your skills and techniques and learning to master different quantitative and qualitative software packages.
Metrics and Society
You will explore the social role, significance and consequences of metrics and data. Many of the most significant technological developments of our age will centre around data and metrics. This module will give you the means to understand these developments. You'll see how we are measured and how measurement links into power, governance and control. You will think through what part measurement plays in defining our everyday experiences in society.
Themes and Issues in Contemporary Sociology
You will be introduced to the key themes in contemporary sociological analysis and theory, gaining a solid grounding in theoretical matters in areas such as:
You will develop, design, implement and manage your own original research project, supervised by a member of staff with the relevant experience for your topic. You will analyse the data and produce a 15,000-word dissertation based on your research project.
Examples of previous dissertation titles include:
This course is not associated with a specific Study Abroad programme, but York offers a number of options through international partnering programmes.
Modules are composed of lectures, and seminars where you can discuss the lectures and readings in a group. A member of the teaching staff will act as your supervisor throughout the degree, to help guide your studies and and monitor progress.
Core modules will be assessed by a mixture of ‘open’ essays (where an assignment is prepared in your own time and handed in) and presentations.
Graduates finish this course well equipped to pursue further study, such as a PhD. You will also gain relevant and highly sought-after skills that qualify you for a research career in academic institutions, local and central government or commercial research.
Our Sociology alumni
Applicants are expected to have at least a 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject. If you have any queries about your eligibility for the masters in Social Research, please contact Dr Laurie Hanquinet (email@example.com).
You can apply and send all your documentation electronically with our online system, which allows you to save progress and return later to finish. If you're unable to apply online, you can submit a paper application.
If your native language is not English, you should meet an English language proficiency level of 7.0 in the British Council's IELTS test with at least IELTS 6.0 in writing. We do accept other English Language Tests. Students who have successfully completed a recent undergraduate degree at a UK University are exempt from the English Language requirement.
We also strongly recommend that you attend one of the University's pre-sessional English courses.