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MA Social Research

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

Year of entry: 2019

Length

1 year full-time,
2 years part-time

Start date

September 2019 (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. You'll choose one advanced discipline module and one advanced methods module, from the social science Masters courses of the departments below:

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 enquirey that will further an deepen knowledge in your chosen specialist field.

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

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 2019/20

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year)£7,810£17,370
Part-time (2 years)
Fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation.
£3,905
year 1 fee
£8,685
year 1 fee

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.

Home/EU students

International students

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. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

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
Degree

You should have at least a 2:1 honours degree 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.

If you have any queries about your eligibility for the Masters in Social Research, please contact Dr Zoe Handley.

The international equivalents of UK qualifications are shown on our country-specific pages. You can also contact the international team for guidance.

Other qualifications

If you earned your Bachelors degree outside of the UK, you should check that it is equivalent to a 2:1. Our country-specific pages can help you to find out.

English language

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.

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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