Research course

Method and Methodology

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

An upper second class Honours degree (or equivalent) relevant to the proposed research. A score of band 7.0 on IELTS is required where English is not a first language, or for those who have not had a substantial part of their education taught in the English Language.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Social Sciences has been a centre of excellence for methods and methodology both qualitative and quantitative for forty years. Staff have been at the frontiers of developing social research methods, applying them in innovative ways, and theorising about them. Funded research on methods and methodology has been a characteristic of the School throughout that forty year period. The School is known for its commitment to the dissemination of methods, through high quality advanced level methods texts, articles in the top journals, and the production of compilations in the Sage Benchmarks in Social Science Research.

The work on methods and methodology is widespread across the School, in research across the Research Centres, and in the teaching, especially the Wales DTC. Capacity building has been central to the work of the School since the award of TLRP (Teaching and Learning Research Programme) grant in 2001.

Research training is a strong feature of our Social Sciences PhD Programme. Postgraduate researchers usually complete an MSc in Social Science Research Methods (or equivalent) prior to registration for their PhD. For DTC/ESRC funded students this is mandatory.

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Ms Corinda Perkins
+44 (0)29 2087 4972