Taught course

Social Research

University of Warwick · Department of Sociology

Entry requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in the area of sociology or a closely related subject (however, all serious applications from other disciplines will be considered); a strong personal statement

Months of entry


Course content

This MA offers advanced training in quantitative and qualitative methodologies for undertaking research in Sociology and allied Social Sciences. It also allows you ample scope to explore your own specialist academic interests.

You’ll gain advanced knowledge and understanding of the theoretical issues involved in conceptualising social research, and the political and ethical questions involved in undertaking research investigations. Through hands-on training in quantitative and qualitative methods, you will also develop the skills necessary to design, conduct, analyse and communicate your findings. Optional modules enable you to explore specialist fields and to apply this knowledge to the independent research project that forms your dissertation.

The degree provides the necessary research training required to undertake a PhD or seek employment as a researcher in public, private or third sector organisations. Equally, it opens up many career paths that involve researching social life, and those that value analytical ability, the capacity to link theoretical sophistication to empirical research, and the skill of communicating complex ideas to a range of audiences.

Information for international students

For guidance on English language requirements, please visit this page: www2.warwick.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/language

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

There are several funding opportunities available for students applying for this course. These include external awards, wider University awards and departmental scholarships. Details can be found here:


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)24 7652 4585