Advanced Methods in Social Research (584X8)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Summer teaching

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

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 4 hours of contact time and about 146 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: