Taught course

Survey Methods for Social Research

University of Essex · Department of Sociology

Entry requirements

Upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Survey Methods for Social Research gives you advanced training in survey research methodology. If you would like to develop a career as social or market researcher, or are already working in this field and wish to undertake further professional development or a research degree, then our MSc Survey Methods for Social Research should appeal to you.

MSc Survey Methods for Social Research covers all of the key topics in survey research, including sampling methods, questionnaire design, the management of the survey process and methods for analysing survey data. You also choose an optional topic from a range of modules in our Department or another social science discipline. Central to your studies is an emphasis on practical learning and experience, so you undertake a work placement in one of a number of professional research organisations and are taught by academics and leading survey research practitioners.

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

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


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

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719