Taught course

Social Science Research Methods (Management)

University of Bristol · University of Bristol Business School

Entry requirements

An upper second-class undergraduate honours degree or international equivalent in Sociology or Research Methods or Business or Management degrees.


An upper second-class undergraduate honours degree or international equivalent in Sociology, Anthropology, Politics, International Studies, International Development, Criminology, Education, Geography, History, Law, Communication Studies, Media Studies, Public Health, Management, Organisational Behaviour/Theory, Business Ethics or Research Methods.

This must include a 2:1 or equivalent in at least 3 management related units. Examples of acceptable units include:

Sociology/societal concepts, Management (HRM/Strategy/Governance/Leadership), Organisational Behaviour/Theory, Corporate/Organisational Culture, Business Ethics/corporate social responsibility, Marketing, Operations Management, Management Consulting, Digital Business, Public Management, Project Management, Research Methods.

For applicants who are currently completing a degree, we understand that their final grade may be higher than the interim grades or module/unit grades they achieve during their studies.

We will consider applicants whose interim grades are currently slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements. We may make these applicants an aspirational offer. This offer would be at the standard level, so the applicant would need to achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of their degree. Specific module requirements may still apply.

We will consider applicants whose grades are slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements, if they have at least one of the following:

  • evidence of significant (minimum of 6 months in a paid role) relevant work experience in sectors such as the United Nations, research work in a think tank or charitable organisation,social enterprise, international developement, social work, policy manager or a managerial role in a relevant sector.
  • a relevant postgraduate qualification.

If this is the case, applicants should include their CV (curriculum vitae / résumé) when they apply, showing details of their relevant work experience and/or qualifications.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme provides comprehensive training in the process of research conceptualisation, design and operationalisation. It has been carefully formulated to reflect the training recommended by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It is particularly suited for those seeking a career as a social science researcher or planning to go on to a PhD in Management.

The programme delivers a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in the variety of qualitative and quantitative data collection methods available to social scientists and in the principal methods of analysing data. The programme also covers the philosophies underpinning the research process, ethical considerations and social theory. You will be encouraged to apply your methods training to your substantive research interests.

You will be taught by leading academics whose research tackles global societal issues across management-related disciplines.

Our research groups and centres are:

  • Centre for Action Research and Critical Inquiry in Organisations (ARCIO)
  • Sustainable Production, Inclusivity, Consumption and Economy
  • Innovation and Digitalisation
  • Public Services Governance and Management
  • Global Political Economy
  • Work Futures.

88% of our business and management research is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021), reflecting its impact on shaping policy and practice.

Information for international students

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Fees and funding

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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+44 (0) 117 394 1649