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Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a wide range of subjects.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies) will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the key methodological and philosophical debates that shape the social sciences and give you the specialised research tools and skills you'll need for your future career.

The programme is designed for graduates wishing to pursue a career in academia, practitioners in management and business who wish to both develop and strengthen their applied research skills or those wishing to conduct research in non-academic public and private sector roles, such as think-tanks.

You will be taught by experienced and internationally recognised researchers. The strong emphasis on applying qualitative and quantitative skills to tackle research problems (as well as a focus on developing critical thinking skills) will sharpen the applied research skills of current or aspiring business and management practitioners. The programme also provides a robust foundation for more advanced academic study or research and on completion you will have met the training requirements for PhD funding from the ESRC.

You will cover subjects including the philosophy of social science, qualitative and quantitative research methods, research design and practice, and a dissertation. You will also study optional modules in a range of advanced research methods.

As a student of our MSc Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies), you will be based within a school that is a leading international player in research and teaching across the business, management and finance disciplines. Our research is comprehensive in scope and very highly regarded by academics and practitioners alike. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), we were ranked 13th in the UK, out of more than 100 institutions who submitted business and management entries, based on 'research power'. As such, we provide a dynamic and inspiring environment to undertake the MSc Social Science Research.

Information for international students

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

Please see our website for a list of master's degree funding and scholarships.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)1509 223669