Taught course

Social Science Research Methods

Keele University · School of Sociology and Criminology

Entry requirements

Upper second class Honours degree or equivalent normally required; other qualifications and background may be considered. Students for whom English is a second language will need English language proficiency of at least 6.5 IELTS test scores (or equivalent).


Months of entry


Course content

The programme offers routes in: Criminology; Education; Gerontology; Health Policy; Management; Social Work; and Sociology. The programme is designed to provide training in a range of research skills and methodologies essential to systematic research practice demanded in many professional environments or to pave the way to further postgraduate study. The programme requires satisfactory completion of 180 credits, comprised of modules up to 120 credits, plus a 60 credit, 15-20,000 word dissertation. There are a broad range of assessment methods to evaluate your analytical abilities and your critical engagement with relevant debates, approaches, theories, scholarship, and evidence. These include: portfolios, essays, research proposals, reviews, reports, exams, learning plans, pilot studies and the dissertation. Written assignments for taught modules vary in length from 1,500 word reports to 5,000 word personal development portfolios.

Information for international students

Information can be found at: http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/

Fees and funding

Refer to University Postgraduate Office website

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations10
Written coursework / continuous assessment55
Dissertation35 (18000 words)

Course contact details

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