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University of Plymouth: Social Research

Institution University of Plymouth View institution profile
Department School of Society and Culture
Telephone +44 (0) 1752 585858
Study type Taught


Taught by a team of nationally and internationally renowned researchers, the MSc Social Research combines the philosophical and methodological foundations for social research with advanced methods training. This combination will enable you to become part of a new generation of social researchers integrating creative and imaginative critical thinking with the qualitative and quantitative tools necessary for addressing current interdisciplinary global challenges.

The applied focus of the MSc will enable you to work in a variety of professional research settings in the public and private sectors as well as prepare those of you who wish to advance further and undertake PhD studies in social scientific, media and policy-oriented subjects. Some of the specialty topics and modes of research that you will experience include: interviewing; focus groups; social media analysis; discourse analysis; ethnography; oral histories; auto/biography and auto-ethnography; visual methods; systematic review; surveys and statistical modelling; as well as opportunities to conduct fieldwork and participate in work-based learning drawn from a network of regional and national organisations.

You will enjoy flexible learning through our blended approach that combines face-to-face workshops with online interactive delivery and have the opportunity of writing up research work carried out in an applied research setting. As a MSc Social Research student, you will benefit from and contribute to the University’s vibrant, supportive and forward-thinking community of postgraduate students within the School of Law, Criminology and Government as well as more widely at the University of Plymouth, nestled between rural Dartmoor to the north and the historic coastal Hoe and Barbican to the south.

Master of Science - MSc (PG)

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About us

At the University of Plymouth, we are proud to be a top 3 modern UK university (Times Higher Education Young University Rankings, 2023) and are internationally renowned for high-quality research and teaching. We have also recently been awarded gold ratings across the board in the latest round of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF, 2023). At the University of Plymouth, you will be studying alongside a community of people who believe deeply in the power of education to create positive change in society.

Our collective ethos is to use our knowledge for action – to apply real change, …

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