Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in a subject related to your intended specialism.

Months of entry


Course content

On this course you'll become well-versed in the theoretical concepts in social research. Choose from a wide range of modules that reflect your interests, and apply your qualitative and quantitative skills to your field of research. Our graduates go on to PhD research or careers that demand world-class research skills.

Course description

Whether you are starting your career in social research, are an experienced researcher seeking to enhance your skills or looking to further your academic research career, this course will build on your existing expertise, equipping you with advanced mixed methods research skills, along with the theoretical foundations of social research.

You'll gain a versatile range of cutting-edge qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research skills. We will develop your ability to successfully deliver complex research projects from proposal through to the design, implementation and communication of the results. You will learn how to:

  • Formulate research questions
  • Develop an appropriate research design
  • Apply practical quantitative and qualitative research skills including data visualisation and interviewing techniques
  • Manage and analyse your data and meaningfully communicate the results to project stakeholders, maximising the chances of your research making a difference

You'll develop widely transferable and practical skills that can be applied to real-life research problems and support your career development. Our innovative teaching methods will enable you to learn by doing, giving you the chance to use your new knowledge in your current role or to further your PhD studies.

Guided by our expert staff, as part of your course you will complete either a hands-on research project in the form of a dissertation or extended research proposal, where you have the opportunity to design a large-scale research project. We try to pair you with a supervisor that shares an interest in your research topic, providing you with further expert insight.

You can tailor your course to your own interests by selecting optional modules from a wide range of departments from across the Faculty of Social Sciences, exposing you to the latest debates within your field of research.

The course has been specifically developed to meet the ESRC postgraduate training and development guidelines.

Information for international students

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

For more information about entry requirements for international students, please visit https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/applying/postgraduate-taught

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 114 222 8345