Taught course

Social Research Methods (School of Global Studies)

University of Sussex · School of Global Studies

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a relevant social sciences subject, but applicants with other backgrounds will be considered.

All applicants must supply a research proposal of at least three pages. The research proposal should indicate the areas of research you are interested in, summarise what you intend to do, give an indication of the research methodology you propose to use and a brief literature review. Please state at the top of your research proposal the School and Department to which you wish to be affiliated. Please note that this requirement applies to all applicants irrespective of whether they intend to progress to the PhD afterwards.

The MSc in Social Research Methods is recognised by the ESRC as providing research training suitable for 1+3 study 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.

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc is for you if you’re interested in studying for a research degree in the social sciences, or want to learn about research methods.

You can take this course before starting a PhD (this is called 1+3 study). You can also take this course as a stand-alone degree if you wish to apply advanced research methodologies to an area of academic or policy interest without doing a PhD.

Key Facts

  • This course is an excellent preparation for doctoral study.
  • Recognised by the ESRC as a research training-Masters degree, the course is ideal if you are seeking ESRC funding.
  • You will be part of the School of Global Studies at Sussex.

You will study:

  • the philosophical underpinnings of research
  • research design
  • research ethics
  • quantitative and qualitative methods.

Options in advanced research methods give you the key skills for carrying out doctoral-level research, or research outside an academic setting, for example in public policy.

You also take a research option in your chosen field of study, involving independent reading, attendance at research seminars, and regular individual supervisions with a member of faculty.

Taught modules are assessed by term papers or coursework portfolios. The research option is assessed by a 10,000-word dissertation.

Information for international students

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

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English Language Support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.

Visas and Immigration

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Fees and funding

UK students
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Please visit our website for latest fees information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/2017/global-studies/social-research-methods-msc

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Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Jayne Paulin
+44 (0)1273 877107