Taught course

Social Research

Lancaster University · Sociology

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in a relevant social science.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA in Social Research provides a rigorous introduction to key issues in social science methodology, expands your proficiency in a range of research skills, and prepares you for further advanced research in the social sciences.

Five different pathways are available: Sociology; Gender and Women’s Studies; Media and Cultural Studies; Environment, Culture and Society; Science, Technology, Innovation and Social Practices.

The MA and its tailored pathways represent an ideal stepping stone to a PhD and open access to ESRC and AHRC funding programmes. Students will carry out hands on training in selected research methods and skills, and will become skilled in the translation of theoretically informed research questions into research projects. As part of the MA students will complete an extensive independent piece of research.


The programme consists of five core modules, one optional module and a dissertation. The modules undertaken will depend on the choice of pathway, please see our website for more information.

- Contemporary Debates in Sociology

- Critical Debates in Media and Cultural Studies

- Critical Methods in Media and Cultural Studies

- Debates in Gender Research

- Independent Research Dissertation

- Gender, Sex and Bodies

- Methods in Science and Technology Studies

- Philosophies of Social Science

- Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences

- Quantitative Research Methods

- Research Projects in Practice: From Design to Dissemination

- The Social Life of Science and Technology: Theories and Debates

- Theories and Debates in Environment and Culture

Information for international students

IELTS: 7.0 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7540 per year
International students
£16,120 per year


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 593148