Taught course

Social Research Methods (Institute of Development Studies)

University of Sussex · Institute of Development Studies - IDS

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in a relevant social sciences subject, but applicants with other backgrounds may be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

If you’re interested in studying for a research degree in the social sciences, or want to learn about research methods, you might want to consider our innovative MSc in Social Research Methods, run by the new Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Centre.

If you want to study for a PhD, and are seeking ESRC funding, you will be required to take this or one of our other ESRC-recognised research training Masters degrees, unless you have already achieved a similar level of research training at a university elsewhere.

At the end of your first year, you graduate with a Masters degree before proceeding to the PhD (this is called 1+3 study).

In the fields of economics, psychology and science, technology and innovation, our specialist Masters degrees are recognised by ESRC as providing research training suitable for 1+3 study.

All the other social sciences at Sussex offer research training through the MSc in Social Research Methods. This is for students in the fields of anthropology, contemporary European studies, development studies, education, gender studies, human geography, international relations, politics, law, migration studies, social work and social care, and sociology.

The degree is specifically designed to provide research training for those intending to move directly to doctoral study. It can also be taken as a stand-alone one-year degree by those who wish to apply advanced research methodologies to an area of academic or policy interest without continuing to a doctorate.

Information for international students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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