Taught course

Research Methods (Social Policy)

University of Nottingham · School of Sociology and Social Policy

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in any subject area.

Sociology; Social Policy

Months of entry


Course content

This degree will equip you with the theoretical understanding and practical skills required to carry out independent research in social science-based studies using a variety of methodological approaches and research techniques.

It will interest graduates preparing for doctoral studies, who are now required to have an in-depth training in research methods before undertaking their PhD.

The course includes modules in Research Design, Practice and Ethics, Philosophy of Social Sciences, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, as well as specialist modules in Social Policy.
A dissertation forms an important part of the course.

The emphasis throughout is upon linking theoretical and methodological understandings with practical experience of research design and implementation.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Sociology and Social Policy web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67
Dissertation33 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
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