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MA Social Research

Develop the skills and knowledge to become a highly skilled social science researcher.

Year of entry: 2020

Length

1 year full-time,
2 years part-time

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

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Drawing on expertise across the social sciences, you'll gain highly sought after research skills to world-class standards - as defined by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

You'll be prepared for a career in doctoral research or social science research, and choose to tailor your studies to your own interests from the social sciences.

You complete your final independent research project or dissertation in one of our social sciences departments:

I've enjoyed thinking at an academic level again, especially about new concepts that have developed since I finished my undergraduate degree.
Tim, MA Social Research

Course content

You'll be taught by internationally recognised experts, across a number of social science disciplines and experience exceptional teaching in both qualitative and quantitative methods. From day one, you'll be encouraged to produce your own original research and become an autonomous researcher capable of researching key societal issues.

When you’re equipped with the modern concepts, methods and techniques that underpin the research process, you’ll strengthen your analytical skills to take your research career to the next level. You'll develop interview and other data collection techniques and become proficient in methods of data analysis, including visual, conversation, regression and multiple correspondence analysis.

Accredited by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the course gives you the ideal platform to showcase your capabilities to future employers and PhD programmes alike – so you can break new ground in the worlds of professional and academic research.

At the heart of this degree is an opportunity to put your training into practice through an original research project, with expert guidance from academics that are at the forefront of research.

Modules

You'll study five core modules and two optional modules, plus a dissertation:

Core modules

Option Modules

You'll also study 40 credits of option modules. We work with a range of academics departments across the University, to give you a wide variety of options. Examples of modules you will be able to study include:

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Dissertation

You'll undertake an in-depth study of a topic of your own choice guided by one-to-one academic supervision based in the department specialising in your chosen area.

You'll develop and demonstrate skills in the planning, definition and management of a substantial piece of enquiry that will further and deepen knowledge in your chosen specialist field.

You'll demonstrate your skills in literature review, research design, data analysis and critical evaluation and synthesis.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Make informed research decisions (such as study design, selection of methodologies) based on specialist knowledge of particular areas of Social Science combined with an appreciation of interdisciplinary debates, an awareness of different epistemological approaches, and of the impact of research on society.
  • Independently design effective research strategies by assessing the context, utility and impact of proposed research and formulating research questions and hypotheses which can be tested and are amenable to empirical investigation.
  • Confidently apply the principles of research ethics and professional practice in the design and conduct of research.
  • Select and competently apply appropriate qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods to the investigation of social science phenomena.
  • Manage data by designing efficient data-gathering instruments; accessing and linking data sets (both primary and secondary); dealing with missing data and measurement error; and representing data in an accessible manner.
  • Analyse research findings using up-to-date techniques by interpreting numerical data using statistical inference, modelling and quantitative analysis software, and by interpreting a range of phenomenological or textual data using qualitative approaches and appropriate software.
  • Effectively present and disseminate complex research findings tailored to the needs and levels of prior knowledge and expertise of varied audiences.
  • Confidently collaborate and communicate with peers and colleagues across interdisciplinary fields of research and practice.

Creative and research-led teaching

Our staff are world-leading experts, and this translates directly to our interdisciplinary postgraduate teaching

Employability

Develop highly sought after practical, qualitative and quantitative research skills

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2020/21

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year) £8,040£18,240
Part-time (2 years)
This is the year 1 fee. Fees for future years are subject to confirmation.
£4,020£9,120

Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Additional costs

You may need to buy a small number of textbooks.

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

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Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

You'll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, lab work and one-to-one supervision. We offer a personal approach to learning with much of our teaching conducted in small groups.

A member of the teaching staff will act as your supervisor throughout the degree, to help guide your studies and monitor progress.

  • You'll develop your skills both through working in groups and through independent reading and research
  • You'll also have the opportunity to attend seminars and workshops from across the social sciences from visiting scholars on a wide variety of sociological topics.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Research Centre for Social Sciences on Campus West.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

You'll be assessed through a variety of methods including ‘open’ essays (where an assignment is prepared in your own time), presentations and a dissertation.

Careers and skills

Where you'll go from here

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.

 

Career opportunities

  • Teaching and academia
  • Politics
  • Public services
  • Campaigning
  • Commercial research

Transferable skills

  • The ability to research, source and examine information
  • The capacity to critically analyse evidence and construct arguments
  • Excellent written and oratory skills
  • Intellectual independence and autonomy
  • Teamworking skills.

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
Undergraduate degree 2:1 or equivalent in a relevant subject. We are willing to consider your application if you have lower qualifications, especially if you have high marks in relevant modules and/or appropriate professional experience. If you are applying with a lower qualification, you must include a written work sample with your application.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, minimum 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in all other components
PTE Academic 61, minimum 61 in Writing and 55 in all other components
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, minimum 176 in Writing and 169 in all other components
TOEFL 87, minimum 23 in Writing and 21 in all other components
Trinity ISE III Merit in all components

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

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