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MSc/MA in Social Research

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About the course

These postgraduate programmes aim to create highly sought-after researchers who are ready to apply their advanced knowledge and practical skills in the workplace or on further research.

You will learn how to collect, analyse and interpret social data and become skilled in interview techniques, surveys, problem-solving, communication skills and the latest industry software.

Students examine issues from across the social sciences and are introduced to both quantitative and qualitative research methods before having the option of specialising.

During the programme, you will research real world issues such as evaluating local health care services, predicting voting behaviour during elections or researching the impact of Hull’s year as the 2017 UK City of Culture on local people.

Taught by experienced researchers who are experts in their fields, the interesting and varied curriculum will be delivered through an enquiry-based approach to teaching including small-group work, tutorials, workshops and independent study.

It was designed with input from industry experts, former students and leading academics to ensure that it means the demands of the modern social research industry.

Students will be provided with a high level of academic support across the programme and all modules will be taught on one specific day (currently Thursdays) to accommodate part-time and working students.

There are four variants: 

  • MSc in Social Research
  • MSc in Social Research with Quantitative Methods
  • MA in Social Research with Qualitative Methods
  • MSc in Social Research (Doctoral Training Pathway)

Key facts

Tuition fees

UK/EU: £6,755 full-time
Part time: £750 (20 credits) £2,250 (60 credits) £3,380 (90 credits)

If you're studying for an MSc, there may be some additional bench fees to cover the cost of bench-based research. These will need to be discussed with your supervisor.

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,280 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

Overseas: £13,500 full-time


More information on fees can be found in the funding information section of this page.

Application deadlines

All applicants: TBC

Entry requirements

The programme is open to applicants with at least 2:2 Bachelor Honours degree (or equivalent) in any discipline. 

Applicants with relevant and extensive work experience (from, for instance, local authorities or the NHS), are encouraged to apply even if they have not been to university. Evidence of vocational qualifications, training, written reports and letters of endorsement from line managers should be submitted. These candidates will be required to write a short essay.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each skill.

For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Admissions status

Open for admission in 2018/19

Mode of study: Hull Campus

Duration: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time

Study information

MSc in Social Research

Semester 1 (PGCert)

  • Research Design and Methodology
  • Introducing statistics and data analysis with SPSS
  • Collecting Qualitative Data

Semester 2 (PGDip)

  • Philosophies of Social Science
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Analysing Qualitative Data

Summer period (Masters)

  • Dissertation in Social Research

 MSc in Social Research with Quantitative Methods

Semester 1 (PGCert)

  • Research Design and Methodology
  • Introducing statistics and data analysis with SPSS
  • Collecting Qualitative Data

Semester 2 (PGDip)

  • Philosophies of Social Science
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis

Summer period (Masters)

  • Dissertation in Social Research

 MA in Social Research with Qualitative Methods

Semester 1 (PGCert)

  • Research Design and Methodology
  • Introducing statistics and data analysis with SPSS
  • Collecting Qualitative Data

Semester 2 (PGDip)

  • Philosophies of Social Science
  • Analysing Qualitative Data
  • Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo

Summer period (Masters)

  • Dissertation in Social Research

MSc in Social Research (Doctoral Training Pathway)

Semester 1 (PGCert)

  • Research Design and Methodology
  • Introducing Statistics and Data Analysis with SPSS
  • Collecting Qualitative Data

Semester 2 (PGDip)

  • Working Beyond Disciplines
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Analysing Qualitative Data
  • Power, Authority and Freedom in History
  • Contemporary Research in Human Geography
  • Professional Practice and Communication Skills

Summer period (Masters)

  • Dissertation in Social Research

* All modules are subject to availability.

Funding information

Future prospects

These programmes are an ideal route for those aiming for research careers in the public, voluntary or private sectors, including would-be senior civil servants keen to take advantage of the Government’s Fast Stream scheme to find the leaders of the future.

It equips students with practical skills and experience for a wide range of organisations including research agencies, charities, independent organisations, trade unions, pressure groups and lobby groups.

The programmes also offer continuing professional development for those already working as researchers and who want to advance their careers. It is also an excellent training programme for those wishing to progress to PhD level study.