Social Research Methods MSc

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

This MSc is for you if you’re interested in studying for a research degree in the social sciences, or want to learn about research methods.

You can also take this course as a stand-alone degree if you wish to apply advanced research methodologies to an area of academic or policy interest without doing a PhD.

Why choose this course?

  • This course is an excellent preparation for doctoral study.
  • Recognised by the ESRC as a research training-Masters degree, the course is ideal if you are seeking ESRC funding.
  • You will be part of the School of Global Studies at Sussex.

Pathway to doctoral study

This Masters is recognised by the ESRC-funded South East Network for Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership as a pathway to doctoral study.

“The MSc provided me with a broad methodological base of research skills, making life easier during the design and research for my thesis.” Samuel PowerSocial Research Methods MSc

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second class upper division or GPA 3.1/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 75%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 75%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.2/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.5/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 14/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 1.5/5.0 (where 1 is the highest) or 3.7/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system.

Personal statement

Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

Research proposalYes

You must write a research proposal of at least three pages. The research proposal should: 

  • tell us the areas of research you are interested in
  • summarise what you intend to do in your research
  • give an indication of the research methodology you propose to use
  • include a brief literature review
  • state at the top of your research proposal the school and department you want to be affiliated with. 

You must write a research proposal even if you don't intend to progress on to a PhD.

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at globalstudiespg@sussex.ac.uk

How will I study?

You study:

  • the philosophical underpinnings of research
  • research design
  • research ethics
  • quantitative and qualitative methods.

Options in advanced research methods give you the key skills for carrying out doctoral-level research, or research outside an academic setting, for example in public policy.

You also take a research option in your chosen field of study, involving independent reading, attendance at research seminars, and regular individual supervisions with a member of faculty.

Taught modules are assessed by term papers or coursework portfolios. The research option is assessed by a 10,000-word dissertation.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

Please note

If you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t undertake your placement/internship in the USA. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid 

Course enquiries

Jayne Paulin
Research and Enterprise Co-ordinator
+44 (0)1273 877107
j.e.paulin@​sussex.ac.uk

Find out about the School of Global Studies

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£7,900 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£7,900 per year
International students:
£15,500 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

If you’re studying part time over two years, you’ll be charged 50% of the equivalent 2018 full-time fee in each year of study. The fee in your second year – if you continue your studies without a break – will be subject to a 2.5% increase (subject to rounding).

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,280 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2017. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

This MSc gives you a broad-based knowledge of research methods and methodologies – basic training for those who wish to use social science research in their career. 

Our graduates have gone on to work in social research, international development non-governmental organisations, international aid agencies and socially responsible businesses.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduates have gone on to roles including:

  • research assistant, BBC
  • sociologist of research and evaluation, Fondo de Solidaridad e Inversión Social (FOSIS)
  • Director of Professional Affairs, Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

Introduction to Qualitative Methods

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This course introduces you to the nature and characteristics of qualitative social research and its applications in a range of contexts. It will also equip you with some key personal and practical skills relevant to successful qualitative research.

The course comprises of four sections. Section one will introduce the variety of methodological positions and research practices associated with qualitative research strategies. Section two focuses on the nature of ethnographic fieldwork and provides critical contexts for its exploration. Section three uses the key data collection method of interviewing to take you through the research process and especially issues in the analysis of qualitative data. Section four deals with the key dimensions of ethics and politics in qualitative settings and critically assesses the feminist contribution to qualitative methodology. The course will also include a workshop on NVivo.

Introduction to Quantitative Methods

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

You are suited to this course if you have a minimal background in statistics.

The objectives of this course are to equip you with:

  • basic concepts in quantitative analysis in social sciences research
  • practical skills to interpret and conduct commonly used statistics.

In addition to some basic concepts, such as when can we conduct statistical test(s), it introduces some of the most commonly used quantitative research methods, for example t-test, ANOVA, and correlation.

The course lectures are supplemented with practical workshops in SPSS, a computer programme for conducing statistical tests.

Research Design and Ethics

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This research design course is taught by a multi-disciplinary team representing education, law and social work. Examples and perspectives relevant to these disciplines are drawn on. The course also provides a general introduction to methods and methodologies in the design of social research projects. The aim is to provide you with a grounding in the major research traditions and the requirements of research design within a range of paradigms associated with both quantitative and qualitative methods.

In particular the course will focus on distinguishing methodologies and methods; finding a research focus and generating research questions; using quantitative methods in research design; using qualitative methods in research design; combining qualitative and quantitative data in research design; ethical issues in social research with special reference to professional settings and post modernity and social research.

Advanced Methods in Social Research

  • 15 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

You will take three specialist topics during the Advanced Methods in Social Research module. Most of these topics take the form of a single day workshop, which you must attend and complete the relevant assessment. Occasionally topics take the form of two half-day workshops.

Topics may include:

  • Evaluation of policy and professional practice 
  • Systematic review
  • Multisited and mobile ethnography
  • Researching hidden and hard-to-reach populations
  • Qualitative comparative analysis
  • Social research in conflict-affected zones
  • Using mass observation
  • Social research in court settings
  • Data management when using large data sets
  • Q-methodology 
  • Advanced methods in legal documentation
  • Social inclusion in education and social care

Dissertation (MSc Social Research Methods)

  • 45 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

You undertake supervised work on a 10,000-word dissertation focused on research methods. This dissertation can be the full research outline for doctoral study.

Critical Debates in Development Theory

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

During this module you will examine the theories associated with modernisation, dependency, participatory approaches, post-modernism and all-encompassing 'globalisation'.

You will explore how our thinking about development has changed over time and why it has changed. While theoretical in orientation, you will consider through seminar discussions that the division between 'theory' and 'practice' is to some extent misleading.

Gender Politics and Social Research

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module approaches feminist theory and methodology at advanced levels, critically exploring feminist research on a number of different issues and engaging with the politics of the research process itself. As a core module on the MA in Gender Studies, it is intended to prepare you to conduct independent research and to produce your dissertation.

The first half of the module introduces different methodologies and methods, encouraging you to reflect critically on their strengths and weaknesses, and how feminists have used them in the service of political projects. In the second half of the module, you will design research projects on two case-study issues and attempt to operationalise key feminist theories.

International Relations Theory

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module introduces you to the major theories of international relations. We will investigate the historical context in which these theories emerged, which aspects of international affairs they focus on and how they explain international politics. We will tease out the strengths and weaknesses of these theories and identify their respective conceptions of international relations in theory and practice. The module provides a 'map' of international thought which enables you to identify your own and others positions and to reflect on your theoretical and political implications.

Migrants and Society: Global Transformations

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This introductory core module examines a wide range of theoretical and conceptual frameworks for studying migration and ethnic relations. Starting from the perspective that migration is one of the key drivers of globalisation and the transformation of contemporary societies, it examines the consequences of migration for people in both sending and receiving societies. Topics covered include:

  • general theories of migration
  • migration and development
  • transnationalism
  • return migration
  • sending and receiving state policies for migration
  • international migration governance
  • citizenship and integration
  • political mobilisation by migrants
  • migrants' social capital and networks
  • culture, identification and migrants' group rights. 

Philosophy of Science and Social Science Research Practice

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

The aim of this course is to introduce you to some of the standard methodological and philosophical problems posed by social inquiry. These mostly branch out from one central question: are the methods of the social sciences essentially the same or essentially different from those of the natural sciences? An additional aim of the course is to show how theoretical and philosophical traditions in social science influence the methodological approaches and theoretical models that guide social research practice.

Each week we take one or, in some cases, two examples of major philosophical or theoretical approaches. These will be outlined with an emphasis on the theoretical model of society that they advocate. Secondly, it will be demonstrated what methodological implications for social research follow from these philosophical and theoretical ideas. In this way it will be shown that broad theoretical frameworks and concepts, often based in philosophical traditions, lead to particular methodological approaches around theoretical models. Overall the objective of the course is to show how theory can be instrumentalized in shaping research methodology.

The topics that will be addressed include: developments in the philosophy of science from positivism to post-positivism and their relevance to social inquiry, explanation versus interpretation and the interpretive critique of social science; problems of validity and values; realism and constructivism; the advantages and disadvantages of taking a critical stance; and feminist and postcolonial critiques of social science. Although the problems will be illustrated in specific texts, you are also encouraged to pursue parallel arguments in different sources.

Understanding Processes of Social Change

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module introduces you to classical sociological theories informing mainstream anthropological analyses of social change. You will focus on theorisations of wider processes of modernisation and change from structural, political and economic perspectives. You will consider debates concerning the effects and consequences of modernisation processes on social, political and economic realms, such as the formation of nation states, state bureaucracy and civil society; the development of markets and commoditisation of economic, social and cultural relationships. You will also reflect on recent critical approaches to the study of modernity and change as represented by theoretical trends associated to feminist theory, postmodernism, postcolonial studies and contemporary social theory. Particular attention will be paid to issues of globalisation and transnationalism; colonial and postcolonial relationships; and discursive constitution of practices and representations of modernity.

Action Research

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

As well as to potential action researchers this course appeals to those for whom AR is not a possibility but who are interested in reflexive and participatory approaches. The course starts with definitions of action research and an introduction some of the theoretical perspectives to be picked up later in the course. The practicalities of planning and structuring a project using both cyclical and linear approaches are considered.

You will explore the tension between the participant and researcher and how this impacts on the micro politics of the research setting. A review of the methodological implications of different theoretical stances will focus especially on critical theory and post-modernism. Reviews of frameworks for evaluating action research will lead to discussion of the extent to which claims made by AR enthusiasts can be justified.

The course will encourage you to participate and will offer opportunities for you to give your own presentations. Readings may also be differentiated according to your background and interests. As action research is not a method as such it will adopt a reflective approach rather than provide tips for new researchers. Throughout the course, you will be asked to keep a reflective journal, which will form the basis for assessment and will feed into discussion.

During the course you will: develop understanding of practical and political issues posed by action-orientated research in a variety of settings; develop a theoretical stance towards action-oriented and participatory research and gain competence in planning and evaluating action research projects.

Discourse Analysis

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module is an introduction to contemporary research strategies that deal with the phenomenon of discourse and its implications in political life (especially in politics and international relations).

In the first part we examine how specific researchers have used discourse to analyse the production of meaning, ideology and power in contemporary politics.

The approaches examined here include:

  • content analysis
  • discourse analytical approaches based on archeology and genealogy
  • discursive institutionalism.

We familiarise you with the principles and techniques of these approaches, rather than offering an in-depth introduction to their theoretical underpinnings. This will help you decide whether, why and how you can use them for your own research projects.

In the second part, we examine how large textual bodies can be collated, managed and analysed. This involves a hands-on project, where you use the Nexis database and the qualitative analysis software Nvivo to develop and present findings related to your own research area.

Ethnographic Methods of Data Collection

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This course develops your understanding of, and competence in, ethnographic research methods. You will address various questions of data collection within familiar and unfamiliar societies and social settings, exploring what kinds of information ethnographers can look for and find. You will uncover the romantic and the practical aspects of conducting ethnography.

You will acquire knowledge of ethnographic research through both reading secondary accounts and, most importantly, by designing and conducting a research project in collaboration with others. As part of a small team made up of two-five people, you will conceptualise a research problem, identify appropriate ethnographic methods to investigate it, design a research strategy, carry out the research, reflect critically on the research process and collectively develop and undertake a group presentation for the tutor and larger seminar group. The course focuses on access to ethnographic settings, comportment in the field, and the interpretation of observations. It concentrates on the process of recording ethnographic data through field notes, and encourages you to reflect on the process of turning fieldwork into a narrative account. You will also be asked to reflect on the possibilities and limitations of ethnographic methods within the wider framework of research methods.

Evidence for Policy and Practice: A Critical Stance

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

Evidence has become a major part of governments' approaches to policy making, practice intervention and part of the machinery of evaluation, 'what works' and best value. There are undoubtedly many competing ideas about evidence led policy and practice, and many models from which we can learn a great deal. The competing ideas are complex and involve not only highly technical problems of logic and scientific fact but also larger philosophical considerations about the nature of meaning and knowledge, as well as questions about the relation between research, policy and practice.

This course will take a critical stance in analysing the relationship between research, knowledge production and policy, practice dissemination and professional decision making. You will explore research from the perspective of researchers, policy makers, practitioners and professional decision makers, and explore methods of evidence informed practice. You will draw on the extensive emerging literature of a theoretical nature, research synthesis and systematic reviews to provide a critical understanding, and practical models based on real examples.

Participatory Research in Cross-Cultural Contexts

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

There is a common perception that there are many opportunities for those based in an academic environment to get involved in research relating to different aspects of organisational and community development, but in practice many communities are dissatisfied with 'research as usual', often because of raised and unmet expectations, and complexities emanating from widely different cultural contexts. The course responds to this situation, and motivates researchers to come up with something different: research that is purposeful and empowering of the communities they work with within a specific context. The realisation of the limitations of traditional research in community development has resulted in increasing interest in participatory research (PR). But many researchers enter the practice of PR with little or no training, even if they are guided by a personal belief and set of values in participation for development and social change. This course will explore the basic principles that underpin PR, and examines the pitfalls that researchers may come across when using PR approaches, particularly in terms of their relationships and accountabilities to the communities they work with in a wide range of cultural contexts.

The course will explore the different responsibilities and expectations that arise amongst different stakeholders in the research process and outcomes, and also the range of strategies, approaches and methods which may be appropriate in different contexts. It will include some hands-on practice of specific participatory research methods, and highlight some possibilities for synergies between PR approaches and other forms of research.

Policy and Programme Evaluation Research

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

Since the 1990s evaluation research has become a key tool in assuring and heightening quality, reliability and accountability in services within a number of areas including social services, education and health care. In this context there is a growing discourse on the importance of grounding interventions on 'what works' in policy or practice, based on empirically informed knowledge.

This short postgraduate module is offered as an introduction to research in the field of policy and programme evaluation. The primary orientation of the teaching and learning is the role and nature of evaluation in public sector interventions in the UK. A particular emphasis is on the evaluation of interventions by the social professions directed at social care, health and well-being and on research utilisation in programme, policy and practice development. Set in a political and organisational context, this module will provide you with an understanding of what evaluation researchers may have done when they claim to have evaluated a policy, intervention or programme.

The module will identify the main approaches taken to evaluation and the key design and measuring problems that evaluation researchers must resolve in various areas of intervention and policy. It will also critically examine what values, assumptions and perspectives underlie evaluative discourse and its methods. By examining evaluation as a 'transdiscipline' analytical tool it therefore identifies 'spearhead issues' of evaluative research from a critical and applied perspective.

Research, Professions and Power

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The focus of this module is on research in professional contexts and addresses issues faced by both insider and outsider researchers. It enables you to interrogate published literature critically, to understand the assumptions on which research is based and to examine critically the claims to knowledge being made. It also introduces you to current debates concerning the purposes and practices of social science research, in the context of challenging questions about the ontological and philosophical foundations of scientific and social scientific knowledge, and about the neutrality of knowledge produced by academics in various fields. There is a particular focus on the power and on the relationship between research and professional practice with a theoretical understanding of both. The use of research is critically interrogated in both substantive and methodological terms. Discussion covers power in organisations, research knowledge and professional knowledge, insider methodologies, the construction of professional activity as research data and integrating research and professional perspectives.

Researching Childhood and Youth

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

Social research with children and young people raises a range of unique challenges and opportunities with ethical, practical and methodological dimensions. This module provides an overview of this specialist area of research methods, giving participants the opportunity to explore how traditional research methods can be adapted in order to work with younger participants as well as understanding how new methodological approaches have grown from the specificity of working with children and young people. Methods covered will include interviews and focus groups, participant observation, draw techniques, photo-voice and participatory video. The module will also outline the ethical dimensions of research governance and practice for research with children and young people, including a critical exploration of power relations within the research process and the potential for research to contribute to personal and social change.

Self, Voice and Creativity in Research Writing

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module will provide an opportunity for you to reflect on your writing process and on yourselves as writers, through reading and seminar discussion, as well as through the practice of writing techniques and creative writing exercises specially designed for this purpose. We will focus on academic writing as a genre, or 'authoritative discourse' in Mikhail Bakhtin's terms, and explore ways in which writers can develop their own voice and self-presence within it. We will consider the effect of the imagined reader in the writing process, such as the examiner or the institution, on the development of voice and writing identity in this context and how it impacts on the way we tell the story of our research. You will be expected to keep a learning journal during the module and to write a reflective paper on your learning at the end of the module. 

Socio-legal Research Methods

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The focus of this module is on research methods in socio-legal studies. The module will explore what is meant by socio-legal research and its differentiation from doctrinal research in law through its empirical study of legal phenomena in a broader context in order to identify their social effects and policy implications. The module will enable you to engage with the empirical reality of the operation of law and legal structures ('law in action' as opposed to 'law in the books') and will promote a contextual understanding of legal studies through an interdisciplinary approach using social science research methods as a mode to conduct legal inquiry. Thus the module will interrogate law through the use of other disciplines such as sociology, social theory, political theory, feminist theory, critical race theory, philosophy and eoconomics. Examples of socio-legal research in the areas of social, political and economic regulation and governance together with the fields of gender, sexuality and race will be examined.

Effective Research Data Management - Ed Summer Sch

  • 0 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module, you learn how to manage your research data at every stage of the data lifecycle, from pre-project planning, data creation, data management, publication, long-term preservation and issues of sharing and re-use.

You focus on the specific nature of research data in the social sciences, both qualitative and quantitative, and the challenges that this presents.

Elite Interviewing

  • 0 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

This workshop is concerned with the technique of elite interviewing and explores the variety of issues researchers encounter with this method.

Elite interviewing has become an increasingly useful tool for researchers across the social sciences, but it is a method which political scientists in particular favour.

Most political decisions are taken by a small group of highly qualified and knowledgeable individuals, where the black box of policymaking is often concealed, and therefore elite interviewing is often the only way of researching such processes.

The shared assumptions and meanings that inform these policy communities also require exploration and elite interviewing is the most appropriate technique for such exploration.

The workshop explains what is distinctive about this technique and examines the methodological issues and problems associated with its use, such as the balance of power, positionality, access issues, ethics and analysis of results.

Researchers who are employing this technique need to decide who they are going to interview, how they are going to access their interviewees, the best way to conduct the interview and how they should utilize and analyse their results.

You are suited to this workshop if you intend to employ this method and want to strategise and plan for the next steps in conducting such research.

Evaluation of Policy and Professional Practice

  • 0 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

Increasingly evaluation research has become central to assuring and underpinning quality, effectiveness and accountability in many public services sectors, including social work, education and health care. 

This short course is for you, if you have some familiarity with fundamental principles of evaluation research, and with some of the key approaches (including impact evaluation, process evaluation and realist evaluation) that may be deployed to evaluate interventions.

The focus is on sharing experiences of developing and carrying out current and recent evaluative research, with some review of historical “classics” of evaluative research.

Various methods will be presented and the course will explore pragmatic, theoretical and methodological issues in developing effective evaluative designs.

In-depth Qualitative Survey: Mass Observation

  • 0 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

Using both ethnographic and life writing methods, Mass Observation was founded in 1937 to undertake a survey of everyday life in Britain. The Archive is housed at the University of Sussex at The Keep. 

This one day workshop will examine methods and analysis of in depth qualitative survey, using data collected by Mass Observation as a practical case study.

You will use examples to reflect on how in depth qualitative data might be used in your research, thinking through the following areas:

  • what is in depth qualitative survey and what methods can be used to collect data?
  • what kinds of data can it produce and how can these be analysed?

Multi-sited and Mobile Ethnography

  • 0 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

This workshop examines the rise of multi-sited and mobile ethnography, focusing on tensions between what might be conceived as 'the local' and 'the global', where 'place' and 'field' are not only geographic locations, but representations of broader, sometimes invisible relational and symbolic connections.

From Marcus' original 1995 proposition to 'reform' anthropology, the potential of multi-sited ethnography has been critiqued and, to a lesser extent, practised.

This workshop will consider theoretical issues but will also be related to practice as you conduct a small multi-sited ethnographic project as the basis for your assessment.

Researching Hidden and Hard-to-reach Populations

  • 0 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

Social Inclusion in Education and Social Care

  • 0 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module, you study concepts and theories that provide some explanatory power for understanding social inclusion for example intersectionality, misrecognition, social capital, sociology of absences and southern theory.

You focuses on methodological approaches, challenges and processes involved in researching social inclusion such as power relations, accessing marginalised communities, representation, and situated knowledge. 

You also consider the potential ways in which education and social care institutions, organisations, and processes may be exclusionary, and the impact that this may have on equitable access to education and social care in diverse organisational and national contexts. 

Systematic Review

  • 0 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

You are suited to this module if you are a research student or researcher and want to develop the understanding and hands-on skills in systematic reviewing, and more generally to develop your critical approach to a research literature review.

You will focus on a chosen research question in your own field in order to engage directly in doing the methods of systematic reviewing: searching, screening and selecting the research literature, data extraction/quality appraisal, and research synthesis.

At the same time, you will be asked to look critically at the approach you are taking, and to engage with critical debates. You will develop the skills involved in systematic reviewing, and introduce greater rigour and critical reflection into approaches to literature reviews.

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