MA Social Research Pathways

Our unique MA Social Research course combines rigorous methodological training with flexible sets of modules in different areas of social inquiry.

The flexibility of this MA allows students to tailor its content in accordance with their own interests by studying within a particular pathway, without losing the focus on research training. It is recognized by the Northwest Doctoral Training Partnership (Economic and Social Research Council) and therefore is eligible for funding through MA or MA+PhD studentships. Read more about our MA in Social Research or Masters fees and funding.

Below are details of the ‘typical’ modules studied within each pathway. It is possible for pathways to be slightly amended to tailor them more closely to the students' needs. If you have any questions about which pathway is best suited to your interests, please contact us.

Sociology Pathway

  • Research Projects in Practice: From Design to Dissemination 
  • Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Quantitative Research Methods 
  • Contemporary Debates in Sociology
  • Choose 2 optional modules
  • Dissertation

 

Media and Cultural Studies Pathway

  • Research Projects in Practice: From Design to Dissemination
  • Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences OR Quantitative Research Methods
  • Critical Methods in Media and Cultural Studies
  • Critical Debates in Media and Cultural Studies 
  • Choose 2 optional modules 
  • Dissertation 

 

Gender and Women's Studies Pathway

  • Research Projects in Practice: From Design to Dissemination 
  • Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences OR Quantitative Research Methods
  • Debates in Gender Research 
  • Gender, Sex and Bodies 
  • Choose 2 optional modules  
  • Dissertation 

 

Environment, Culture and Society Pathway

  • Research Projects in Practice: From Design to Dissemination 
  • Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences OR Quantitative Research Methods
  • Methods in Science and Technology Studies 
  • Theories and Debates in Environment and Culture 
  • Choose 2 optional modules 
  • Dissertation 

 

Science, Technology, Innovation and Social Practices Pathway (STISP)

  • Research Projects in Practice: From Design to Dissemination 
  • Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences OR Quantitative Research Methods
  • Methods in Science and Technology Studies 
  • The Social Life of Science and Technology: Theories and Debates
  • Choose 2 optional modules
  • Dissertation