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


100%: Seminar


100%: Practical (Portfolio)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.