Taught course

Social Research

University of Sheffield · Sheffield Methods Institute

Entry requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject. Get in touch with us to discuss your situation if you have other qualifications or relevant experience.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

This course will help you to become proficient in theoretical concepts in social research.

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 that will expose you to the latest debates within your field of research.

Graduates can expect to move directly to innovative PhD research, or find employment within roles that require high-level research skills.

Core modules

Principles of Research Design; Introduction to Quantitative Research; Introduction to Qualitative Research; Professional Skills for Researchers; Research Ethics and Integrity; Independent Research Project

Examples of optional modules

Either: Further Quantitative Methods or Further Qualitative Methods plus 45 credits from within the subject area of your intended research topic, which will include a module on interdisciplinary working to address key debates in your field.

Teaching and Assessment

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

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 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

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 6402