Taught course

Sociological Research Methods

Institution
University of Essex · Department of Sociology
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

A 2:2, or international equivalent in a social science or Humanities subject.

Applications from students with a degree below a 2:2 or equivalent or a non-social sciences degree will be considered dependent on any relevant professional or voluntary experience, previous modules studied and/or personal statement.

For MA Migration Studies only, you may be required to attend an interview/Skype interview as part of the application process.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Discover how to turn raw data into useful information which can tell us about how people work. You learn how to gain an understanding of society through carrying out case studies, surveys, and observational research.

Our MA Sociological Research provides a strong foundation in doing empirical research, encompassing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. We offer you advanced study of research design and of specific research techniques and their evaluation. In the process you also acquire a critical appreciation of empirical research methodology.

Graduates of this course will understand the connection between theory and empirical methodology, and be able to produce, evaluate and effectively communicate research findings. You explore topics including:

  • Debates in contemporary social theory
  • The theory and methods of qualitative interviewing
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Sociological research design

Our Department of Sociology was rated top 10 in the UK for research quality (REF 2014).

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 with a minimum component score of 6.0

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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