Taught course

Applied Social Research

Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · School of Social Work and Social Policy

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have an upper second-class honours degree in one of the Social Sciences. Applications from graduates in other disciplines (e.g. health sciences, business studies, economics, marketing, history etc) who have relevant experience will be considered. How to Apply Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

The M.Sc. in Applied Social Research is a taught Masters
programme which can be completed on a one year, full-time
or two year, part-time basis. It is designed for graduates in
the social sciences who want to develop their research skills
and gain employment in the area of research. This Masters is
equally suited to those who wish to build research skills for
application in their current work environments. The course
also provides a strong foundation for further post-graduate
study, particularly for Ph.D. research.
Using a combination of lectures, workshops and practical
assignments, this M.Sc. programme trains graduates to:
—— Design and conduct primary social research using both
quantitative and qualitative research methods;
—— Analyse the research data collected using a variety of
computer programmes and;
—— Write and present research findings to a variety of
Initiated in 1997, the M.Sc. in Applied Social Research has
established an excellent reputation in training students in
applied research skills. Graduates of the M.Sc. in Applied Social
Research typically gain employment in research institutes or
consultancies, government departments, semi-state agencies,
the NGO sector, and in a range of policy environments. Others
go on to complete further post-graduate study.
The M.Sc. programme consists of three integrated modules:
Qualitative Research Methods, Quantitative Research Methods
and Research Ethics, and Research Design, Evaluation
Research, and Accessing Resources. Students also complete an
eight-week Work Placement where they get the opportunity to
work alongside experienced researchers/research teams within
their host institutions. Students already in relevant employment
can complete their work placement in that setting. Exemptions
from the work placement may be granted at the discretion of
the Course Director in exceptional cases.
A 20,000 word research dissertation is submitted by all
students at the end of August (of Year 1 for full-time students
and Year 2 for part-time students). This applied research
project is initiated following the completion of all course

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr. Paula Mayock
+353-1-896 3593