Entry requirements

You should have an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MA Social Research draws upon a wide variety of contemporary theoretical traditions including postcolonial theory, poststructuralism, discourse analysis, critical or subtle realism, and feminism.

The MA Social Research is located in a high ranking Sociology Department and draws upon a wide variety of contemporary theoretical traditions including postcolonial theory, poststructuralism to discourse analysis, critical or subtle realism, and feminism. The aim of the MA is to explore how these may present implications for methodological design and analytical strategies.

The MA teaching is made up of lectures and workshops covering both qualitative and quantitative methods during which students are encouraged to try out, evaluate and sometimes combine different approaches. The range of methods covered include interviewing and observation, archival research, visual methods, ethnographic work as well as statistical analysis of large-scale quantitative data sets.

The dissertation research project assesses your proficiency in managing different types of data and your ability to design and carry out an original piece of research. Dissertation workshops will guide you as you prepare to undertake a substantive piece of research on a topic of your choice. The dissertation research will be supervised by an experienced member of staff.

Here are some of the topics chosen by students in the last few years:

  • Critical Skateboarding on the Southbank
  • An Ethnographic Study into London's Grime and Dubstep Scene(s) and the Politics of Essentialism and Hybridity
  • Metaphors of fMRI: the metaphorical framing of a brain scanning technology
  • Finding Traces: Modelling End of Life Decision Pathways in Medical Practice: A secondary analysis of quantitative data
  • "I don't really think of it as a gated community": investigating security and community in the construction of home among London's gated women
  • Political Technologies and (Re) Construction of Disabled People Between 1998 and 2008.
  • 'Structure Liberates': Race, Class and the Construction of a School Ethos

Fees and funding

ESRC.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation25 (12000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
course-info@gold.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7078 5300