Social Research Methods MSc - 2017/8

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Social Research Methods

Subsidary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Social Research Methods
PGCert Social Research Methods

Professional recognition

Economic and Soical Research Council (ESRC)

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PLE61002 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits
Part-time PLE61006 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

JACs code

L310

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points

N/A

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Sociology

Programme Leader

BRUNTON-SMITH IR Prof (Sociology)

Date of production/revision of spec

21/11/2017

Educational aims of the programme

Provide an appropriate training for students preparing MPhil/PhD theses, or for students going on to employment involving the use of social science research

Introduce students to a variety of different approaches to social science research at an advanced level

Cover the principles of research design and strategy, including formulating research questions or hypotheses and translating these into practicable research designs

Make students aware of the range of secondary data available and equip them to evaluate its utility for their research

Develop skills in searching for and retrieving information, using library and Internet resources

Introduce students to the philosophical, theoretical and ethical issues surrounding research and to debates about the relationship between theory and research, about problems of evidence and inference, and about the limits of objectivity

Develop skills in the use of SPSS, and in the main statistical techniques of data analysis, including multivariate analysis

Develop skills in the use of CAQDAS software for the analysis of qualitative data

Develop skills in writing, in the preparation of a research proposal, in the presentation of research results and in verbal communication

Help students to prepare their research results for wider dissemination, in the form of seminar papers, conference presentations, reports and publications, in a form suitable for a range of audiences, including academics, policy makers, professionals, service users and the general public

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Appreciate the epistemological and ontological questions that underpin social research K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Show critical awareness and understanding of the methodological implications of a range of sociological theories and approaches K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Show systematic knowledge of basic principles of research design and strategy K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Understand the use and value of a wide range of different research approaches across the quantitative and qualitative spectra K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Recognise the significance of social/political contexts and uses of research K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Show advanced knowledge of techniques, and appropriate use, of quantitative and qualitative data analysis K PGDip, MSc
Show engagement with innovations and developments in social research K PGDip, MSc
Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of research ethics K PGDip, MSc
Systematically formulate researchable problems C PGCert, PGDip
Analyse qualitative and quantitative data drawn both from ‘real world' and ‘virtual world’ environments, using basic and more advanced techniques, and draw warranted conclusions C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Critically evaluate the range of approaches to research C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Systematically formulate researchable problems; analyse and conceptualise issues; critically appreciate alternative approaches to research; report to a range of audiences C MSc
Develop original insights, questions, analyses and interpretations in respect of research questions C PGDip, MSc
Use methodological, theoretical, ethical, and philosophical knowledge about social research practice to address complex issues creatively C MSc
Use the range of research techniques commonly employed in sociological research P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Generate both quantitative and qualitative data through an array of techniques, and select techniques of data generation on appropriate methodological bases P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Employ a quantitative (SPSS) and qualitative software package to manage and analyse data P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Plan, manage and execute research as part of a team and as a sole researcher P MSc
Present research findings to differing audiences in both written and oral formats, as appropriate P PGDip, MSc
Formulate, design, plan, carry out and report on a complete research project; P MSc
Work to deadlines and within work schedules T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Apply computing skills for research instrument design, data analysis, and report writing and presentation T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Communicate ideas, principles and theories by oral, written and visual means T PGCert, PGDip
Work independently and self-organise T PGDip, MSc
Formulate and solve problems, both individually and as part of a team T PGDip, MSc
Demonstrate experience of a work environment T PGDip, MSc
Communicate complex ideas, principles and theories by oral, written and visual means T MSc
Plan, manage and execute research as part of a team P PGDip

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7*. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
*some programmes may contain up to 30 credits at FHEQ level 6.

Part-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied part-time over two academic years, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Optional modules for Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

N/A

Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Optional modules for Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

N/A

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guess Speakers / Visiting Academics N
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) Y Yes
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P) N
Study exhange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme) N
Dual degree N

Other information

Advanced Methods Workshops

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.