Taught course

Social Research

University of Sheffield · Sheffield Methods Institute

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, normally in a cognate discipline to the intended specialist subject area for research.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

This course will help you to become proficient in theoretical concepts in social research and will provide you with the practical skills to undertake higher level research across the full range of social sciences.

You’ll develop highly sought-after practical qualitative and quantitative research skills through our hands-on teaching methods.

You can tailor the course to your interests by selecting from a wide range of modules from any department in social sciences that will expose you to the latest debates within your field of research.

The programme has been specifically developed to meet the ESRC postgraduate training and development guidelines. Students completing the MA Social Research can advance to PhD-level study within their chosen field in social sciences, or find employment within roles that require high-level research skills.

Course content

You'll get research training in both generic social science and subject-specific areas. You must complete one 30-credit and four 15-credit core modules, two 15-credit optional modules and a 60-credit dissertation.

Core modules

  • Principles of Research Design
  • Introduction to Quantitative Research
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research
  • Professional Skills for Researchers
  • Working Beyond Disciplines
  • Research Ethics and Integrity
  • Independent Research Project or Independent Research Proposal

Examples of optional modules

Either: Advanced Quantitative Methods or Advanced Qualitative Methods plus 30 credits from within the subject area of your intended PhD research topic or research specialisation.

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, seminars, computer workshops, independent study, individual tutorials, group work, essays, project reports, portfolios, oral presentation, independent research project.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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