Research course

Social and Applied Sciences by Research

Canterbury Christ Church University · Faculty of Science, Engineering and Social Sciences
MSc by research

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2.1 honours degree. Applications from students with less than a 2.1 will only be considered if appropriate experiential learning can be demonstrated. e.g. if you have been working in a research environment for some time.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc by Research in the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences has been designed to offer a range of pathways for you to research your chosen subject interests within Social and Applied Sciences, whilst sharing in the multi-disciplinary nature of the taught component of course.

You’ll share a breadth of experience – the multi- disciplinary nature of the taught component means you will share a broad experience of methodological and research issues, allied with subject specific supervision, allowing you to develop a unique awareness of knowledge and experiences across the natural and social sciences in addition to a focus on your own research topic.

The Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences is committed to developing excellent researchers. A number of nationally recognised clusters/centres exist within the Faculty (e.g. SPEAR, ERG, Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology) demonstrating a wide range of research interests. These can be found on the Faculty research webpages along with associated staff.

We strive to deliver high-quality researcher training course rooted in research strengths across the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences, providing an innovative and flexible framework in which to develop and exploit the very best postgraduate research training possible. It is hoped our graduates can contribute to a world class natural and social sciences research base that delivers excellence and impact both nationally and internationally, while recognising the advantages of inter-disciplinarity in a world where research questions have become increasingly complex.

This exciting course “develops innovative training provision which cuts across disciplines and works at the boundaries with other scientific traditions”. It explicitly recognises the need to “offer high-quality integrated core provision in research skills and research methods training as well as subject-specific training” while using “flexible and imaginative methods of training provision and delivery”. (ESRC 2009).

It offers you the opportunity to complete an MSc in your chosen subject area over the course of one year (two years if part time). Beginning in early September, the course combines 60 credits of taught modules in the first (Michaelmas) term with 120 credits of research during the remainder of the year. The taught component of the course will be multi-disciplinary in nature with lectures and seminars led by experts from across the range of subjects in the Faculty.

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from International Students. For more information please visit our website: International

Fees and funding

For up to date fee and loan information please visit our website: Funding your degree

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc by research
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Daniel Donoghue, course director