Taught course

Social Policy (Research Methods)

University of Strathclyde · School of Applied Social Sciences

Entry requirements

First or second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in Social Policy or a related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

The course offers you the opportunity to improve your knowledge and understanding of the factors which shape social needs and the ways in which different societies have responded to these. This will enhance your research skills and enable you to undertake an independent research project on a topic of your choice.

The research training on this MSc has been approved by the ESRC (via the Scottish Graduate School in Social Sciences) as suitable for undertaking a PhD in the social sciences.

Who's it for?

The research methods course is aimed at the following groups:

  • students who have studied social policy at undergraduate level and who now wish to build on the foundations they have already laid before entering employment or embarking on further study
  • graduates of other disciplines who wish to improve their knowledge and understanding of social & welfare issues whilst also enhancing their research skills
  • those already in employment who wish to update their existing knowledge and skills before moving onto the next stage of their careers
  • anyone considering applying to undertake a PhD, including those planning to apply for +3 funding from the Scottish Graduate School in Social Sciences

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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