Taught course

Social Research Methods (Social Work)

Durham University · Department of Sociology

Entry requirements

Normally a second class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

This course provides an introduction to the principles and values of social work and an understanding of the organisation and delivery of social welfare and related services in the UK. It also provides you with a grounding in the social research methods necessary to conduct applied types of research that are a fundamental part of social work practice and evaluation. The course covers a range of approaches to research - not only in terms of the techniques used in social research, but also in terms of the theoretical underpinnings of research.

Core modules:

• Perspectives on Social Research

• Statistical Exploration and Reasoning

• Research Design and Process

• Qualitative Research Methods in Social Science

• Quantitative Research Methods in Social Science

• Social Work Context and Practice

• Policy Related and Evaluation Research

• Dissertation.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,000.00 per year
International students
£20,000.00 per year


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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