Taught course

Sociology and Research Methods

Institution
University of Glasgow · School of Social and Political Sciences
Qualifications
MRes

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (e.g. a GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant social science or humanities subject.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This programme provides extensive training in social research methods and is recognised as postgraduate research training by the Economic & Social Research Council.

Why Glasgow

  • You will develop your knowledge of sociology, including a critical understanding of social theory and a knowledge of empirical research studies.
  • The programme provides an advanced education in sociology, but can also serve as preparation for further sociological research in a PhD, to which many of our students successfully progress.

Programme structure

You will take five core courses and one optional course, and complete a dissertation.

Core courses

  • Advanced qualitative methods
  • Current issues in social theory
  • Qualitative methods
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Research design.

Optional courses may include

  • A public social science
  • Class and stratification
  • Gender relations
  • Generalised linear models
  • Improving health and social outcomes
  • Introduction to social theory for researchers
  • Racism and modernity
  • Sexualities and society
  • The disabling society.

Career prospects

This programme enhances employability in a range of public and private sector organisations, which increasingly value skills in conducting and interpreting social research.

Information for international students

Please refer to our website for more information.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
£7250
International students
£16000

Qualification and course duration

MRes

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Socpoi PGT Admin
Email
socpol-pgt-admin@glasgow.ac.uk