Entry requirements

Applicants need to have an honours degree or a postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a UK honours degree. Other qualifications or experience may be acceptable if students are able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills to a UK honours degree standard.

Language requirements

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Months of entry


Course content

Develop a thorough understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods. Explore theoretical approaches and the challenges of researching beyond boundaries. Focus on a specific research project of your choice.

This masters degree combines core units in research methods with education-specific option units across childhood and social policy.

This degree is accredited by the ESRC’s White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership. Prospective UK students are therefore eligible to apply for 1+3 studentships to fund their MA and subsequent PhD. After completion of the course, UK students will also be eligible to apply for ESRC +3 awards to fund a PhD. EU applicants are normally eligible for a fees only award, unless they have been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately preceding the date of the award.

It’s designed for anyone who’d like to pursue a career in research, whether you’re hoping to go on to PhD study, work as a social researcher in the public or private sector, or are on a career break and interested in exploring social research.

Through this course, you’ll develop the skills to begin your research career and to contribute to wider research communities.

You’ll study core units to gain a broad skillset in research methods across the social sciences. You’ll get a grounding in the basics of both quantitative and qualitative research methods, and explore theories such as critical realism, feminist paradigms, and post-humanist research.

You’ll also choose two option units, one that relates to the pathway you’d like to develop a career in, and one that relates to your preferred methodological pursuit. These units introduce you to some of the contemporary challenges you might face when conducting researching.

All members of the teaching team at Manchester Met are experienced social researchers, investigating topics such as video games and learning, early years literacies, and the concept of 'oddness' in primary schools.

As well as lectures with academics from the Faculty of Education, you’ll also learn from researchers in the Department of Sociology.

This collaboration means you can learn from academics with expertise in the philosophy of social research, ethics and research integrity, and advanced qualitative and quantitative methods.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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