Taught course

Social Research Methods

Swansea University · Social Work, Social Policy and Social Research

Entry requirements

To be considered for this Masters Degree you will need;

  • an initial degree (a minimum of a 2.1) in one of the social sciences
  • applicants with an initial degree in a related cognate subject or other relevant qualifications are also considered
  • applicants without these qualifications may be considered if they have at least two years relevant experience at a responsible level and can demonstrate ability to cope with the academic requirements of the programme
  • non-first language English speakers are required to have a minimum of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all domains, or a University approved equivalent, prior to starting the programme

Months of entry


Course content

MSc Social Research Methods is a highly regarded and prestigious qualification which has been developed to:

  • enable students to develop practical research skills and advanced methodological expertise (both qualitative and quantitative);
  • instil familiarity with research ethics and governance, and
  • gain knowledge about theoretical research concerns across the spectrum of social science disciplines.

Elective modules and a dissertation provide scope for specialisation in applied social sciences, including but not limited to: criminology, human geography, social work and health.

This Master’s degree in Social Research Methods has ESRC accreditation and provides advanced training in a range of research methods used in the social sciences. The degree instils familiarity with research ethics and governance, and students gain knowledge about theoretical research concerns across the spectrum of social science disciplines.

Students are encouraged to devise research dissertations themselves (supported by an academic supervisor).

Information for international students

Since its foundation in 1920, Swansea University has embraced opportunities to think globally. The vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment. We understand the type of support our international students need to help them settle into student life in a new country.

Fees and funding

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out more about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page: www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Further details of qualification

Full-time attendance: Day release (1 day per week), part-time attendance 1/2 day a week. Interim award: Diploma. ESRC-recognised initial training for PhD research: no dissertation or diploma.

Course contact details

Swansea University Postgraduate
+44 (0)1792 295358