Taught course

Social Science Research Methods (Management)

University of Bristol · University of Bristol Business School

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or international equivalent in any Social Science discipline will be considered. Examples include: Anthropology, Politics, Criminology, Education, Geography, History, Law, Communication Studies, Public Health, Management, Organisational Behaviour/Theory and Business Ethics. Applicants must have completed three modules at 2:1 or above in management related units including sociology/societal concepts. Examples include Management (HRM/Strategy/Governance), Organisational Behaviour/Theory, Corporate Culture, Business Ethics, Marketing, Sociology, Research Methods. OR An upper second-class honours degree or international equivalent in Sociology or Research Methods. Applicants with a lower class of degree with relevant work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Months of entry


Course content

Social Science Research Methods (Management) 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 the social scientist 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 the 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 in 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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