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MA/PGDip/PGCert Social Research (Local Government and Public Policy) University of Birmingham




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Course info


On our MA in Social Research degree, you will acquire a general overview of the philosophy of social research, and understand how this informs research design, methods of data collection and analysis.

This course will give you a solid foundation in a broad range of social science research methods as well as basic research skills.

You will develop an ability to use a range of research methods, to communicate research findings effectively and understand the potential use of and impact of your research within and beyond academia.


Many students go on to do a PhD after completing this MA. Others have followed a career in local authorities, government departments, health authorities, management consultancy, media, the voluntary sector and so on.

Students can also exit with PGDip and PGCert.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MA/PGDip/PGCert Social Research (Local Government and Public Policy).

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

£20,160.00 (20,84,951) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution




University of Birmingham




B15 2TT, England

Entry requirement for international students

Entry to our postgraduate programmes usually require a good Honours degree, or equivalent if you were educated outside the UK. Students need to have an IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band is equivalent to: TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 21 Listening, 22 Speaking and 21 in Writing; Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic 59 in all four skills; Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced - minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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