Taught course

Social Research Methods (Social Policy)

Durham University · Sociology

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Entry requirements

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

However, applications from candidates with a 2.2 degree (or below) who have approved professional qualifications, for example in Social Work, together with experience, will be actively considered for admission.

Additional requirements

When submitting your online application, you will also need to provide:

  1. Current Transcript and Certificate (if possible)
  2. Two academic references (it is the applicant's responsibility to obtain their references from their referees).

Months of entry


Course content

The field of Social Policy examines the definition, pattern and range of social problems in contemporary society and the various policy responses to them. It explores the role of the state in relation to the welfare and management of its citizens and the role of state intervention in determining the conditions under which people live. This course is designed to provide you with a grounding in social research as applied in social policy investigations.

This Masters degree is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council for postgraduate research training through the Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership.

Course Structure

You will take a range of taught modules that will enable you to develop advanced understanding and skills in researching social policy. Those taking this course will study modules totaling 180 credits. Part-time candidates take an equal balance of credits in each year. Indicative content is listed below, based on modules delivered in previous years incorporating anticipated changes (subject to approval).

A 30 credit thematic module on Social Policy and Society, that explores major theories, concepts and principles that inform the academic study of social policy; the policy-making process, and how sociological research can contribute to and challenge this process.

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,700.00 per year
International students
£21,360.00 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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