Taught course

Research Methods (Social Work)

University of Nottingham · School of Sociology and Social Policy

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

This course will familiarise you with the range of methods used by researchers in the social sciences, as well as understanding the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of these methods.

By the end of the programme, you will be able to make an informed choice about which methods are appropriate for answering particular questions and should be competent to design and carry out research using a range of different methods of data collection and analysis.

You will develop a clear grasp of the ethical and political issues which arise in research in the social sciences and be able to frame research in relation to the theoretical and conceptual issues which are relevant to your particular area of study.

You will study a series of core modules that concentrate on research skills and methodology, as well as subject specific modules Policy Analysis Concepts and Theories and Public Policy Management and Governance.

These developments will be explored from a multidisciplinary perspective, including sociology, law, politics, public policy and relevant sciences.

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


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559