Taught course

Social Research Methods and Statistics

The University of Manchester · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

An Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a social science discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

  • Do you want a course that provides a thorough grounding in advanced quantitative methods taught within an applied social science framework?
  • Would you like to learn methods of data analysis, including advanced statistics for complex data?
  • Would you like a skills-based course with practical training that is highly regarded for future employment within government and academia?

The course is designed to be accessible to non-statisticians, yet is more focussed than many other existing master's courses in social research methods. You'll need a base level of knowledge in undergraduate research methods which you will build on throughout the course to gain comprehensive statistical and analytical skills.

The course has a strong connection with the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMIST), reflecting our commitment to interdisciplinary, integrated research. Research activities within the Social Statistics discipline area are both methodological and substantive. They focus on a wide range of subject areas including social inequalities, population dynamics and survey methodology. The SRMS MSc course is recognised by both the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the North West Doctoral Training Centre, from whom we receive a large number of Advanced Quantitative methods (AQM) and CASE awards each year.

The MSc course aims to develop future social scientists who will have a thorough grounding in research, and are equipped with the tools for collecting and analysing statistical data.

Those completing the MSc course are well suited to roles within central and local government, academia and commercial research and our rate of employability is especially high.

Contact the Course Director:

Professor Wendy Olsen

Email: wendy.olsen@manchester.ac.uk

Tel: 0161 2753043

or Admissions Tutor:

Dr K. Purdam

Email: kingsley.purdam@manchester.ac.uk

Information for international students

IELTS - overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.0

TOEFL IBT - overall score of 100 with 25 in each section.

TOEFL code for Manchester is 0757

Scores are valid for 2 years.

For students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, your test score is valid for 2 years preceding the course start date.

For example;

Test taken on or after 17 September 2016 - CAS issued June 2018 = Score is VALID

Test taken before 17 September 2016 = Score is INVALID

Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.

Applicants from certain countries MAY be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score. For further advice please email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk

Pre-Sessional English Courses:

If you eligible to do a pre-sessional English course (either 6 weeks or 10 weeks, depending on your English score), you will be required to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course).

The dates and fees for next summer (2018) are now available on the English Language Centre's website.

Fees and funding

Social Statistics will be awarding a number of bursaries in 2018/19.

Please see the School's funding page for further information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Social Sciences
+44 (0)161 275 1296