Taught course

Sociological Research

Institution
University of Essex · Department of Sociology
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

Upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, in relevant subject area.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Our MA Sociological Research provides a strong foundation in empirical research, encompassing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. We offer you advanced study of research design, specific research techniques, and their evaluation. You also study a variety of data collection and analysis techniques, and acquire a critical appreciation of empirical research methodology.

Graduates will understand the connection between theory and empirical methodology, and be able to produce, evaluate and effectively communicate research findings. You gain a broad-based research training which will be indispensable if you wish to proceed to a PhD, and is invaluable training if you seek future employment in a wide range of social research occupations.

Our Department of Sociology was placed joint first in the UK in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008), meaning our students are taught, supported and supervised by world-class scholars, thus graduating an outstanding qualification that will help in all your future endeavours.

We are a large and friendly department, offering a range and diversity of research interests and with staff members who are committed to teaching, research and publication that covers a broad geographical spectrum. Many have worked at the local level with local authorities, justice councils, community partnerships and charities. Others have worked at a national and international level with bodies like the United Nations, the European Commission's Expert Group on Public Understanding of Science, Amnesty International, The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Home Office and national non-governmental organisations.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 with a minimum component score of 6.0

Fees and funding

This course has ESRC Doctoral Training Centre accreditation, meaning it can form part of a 1+3 funding opportunity worth up to £18,000 each for talented postgraduates. The University is one of only 21 ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centres in the UK. Some University of Essex studentships also available.

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment80
Dissertation20 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Graduate Administrator
Email
pgadmit@essex.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1206 872719