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MA Social Research

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

MA Social Research Pathways

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 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. You can see descriptions of modules on the course structure page. If you have any questions about which pathway is best suited to your interests, please contact us.

Accordion

  • Sociology Pathway
    • Research Projects in Practice: From Design to Dissemination
    • Qualitative Research Methods
    • Making Research Count: Engaging with Quantitative Data
    • Capitalism in Crisis
    • Choose 2 optional modules
    • Dissertation
  • Media and Cultural Studies Pathway
    • Research Projects in Practice: From Design to Dissemination
    • Qualitative Research Methods OR Making Research Count: Engaging with Quantitative Data
    • 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 Research Methods OR Making Research Count: Engaging with Quantitative Data
    • 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 Research Methods OR Making Research Count: Engaging with Quantitative Data
    • 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 Research Methods OR Making Research Count: Engaging with Quantitative Data
    • Methods in Science and Technology Studies
    • Practice Theory
    • Choose 2 optional modules
    • Dissertation