Birkbeck, University of London: Social Research

InstitutionBirkbeck, University of London View institution profile
Department Politics
Web http://www.bbk.ac.uk/
Telephone 0203 907 0700
Study type Taught

Summary

Our MSc Social Research is an interdisciplinary social science training programme designed to prepare you for further research in the workplace or for MPhil/PhD study. The programme covers ontology, epistemology, quantitative and qualitative techniques, and advanced methods masterclasses. You also carry out an independent dissertation, putting into practice the methods and theoretical concepts you have been taught.

The programme provides a particularly strong environment for theoretically informed, interdisciplinary and socially engaged research.

The Postgraduate Diploma covers the same topics as the MSc but without the dissertation.

The Postgraduate Certificate is designed for people working in social research or related areas who find themselves needing a stronger grounding in formal qualitative and quantitative research methods. There is an emphasis on applying research techniques, including interviewing, focus groups and data analysis using SPSS. Epistemological issues in designing research projects are also addressed.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rigorous training in a range of contemporary social research methods, and quantitative and qualitative social research methods.

  • In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), Politics at Birkbeck was ranked 17th in the UK.

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Introduction
Birkbeck, part of the University of London, offers nearly 300 taught and research postgraduate programmes across arts and humanities, business and economics, law, science and social science. As an evening teaching specialist, Birkbeck offers its taught postgraduate courses between 6-9pm, with some courses available through distance learning. As with undergraduate courses, postgraduates can study full-time or part-time.

Home to 44 research and specialist institutes, Birkbeck is the sixth largest provider of taught postgrad courses for UK and EU students - some 44% of its 11,000-plus students are on postgrad programmes. Around 90% of its academics …

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