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MA Social Research (Business) University of Birmingham



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Course info


On the MA Social Research (Business) programme you will gain a solid foundation in a broad range of social science research methods as well as basic research skills.

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

Why study this course?

  • You will study at one of the handful of business schools in the UK that holds the prestigious ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).
  • Your employability options are vast and varied, our strong links with industry mean that rigorous undergraduate academic study is combined with a real practical focus, leading to excellent job opportunities.

Careers in Business

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MA Social Research (Business).

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

£20,160.00 (20,71,807) per year

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




University of Birmingham




B15 2TT, England

Entry requirement for international students

Students usually require a good Honours degree, or equivalent if you were educated outside the UK. Any academic and professional qualifications or industrial experience you may have are normally taken into account, and in some cases form an integral part of the entrance requirement. 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.


Here are some scholarship that are available at University of Birmingham.

Postgraduate Taught Scholarships in Birmingham Business School

Value of scholarship

We have a number of scholarships ranging in value from £2,500 to full tuition fees available for International students joining us in September 2021.

Application details:

The scholarship application must be fully completed and submitted by 3 May 2021. Please note that scholarship applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so please apply as early as possible.


Expected May 2021

Eligibility requirements:

We have a number of scholarships ranging in value from £2,500 to full tuition fees available for International and Home students joining us in September 2021 on the following full-time 12-month programmes: Accounting & Finance MSc; Accounting & Finance MSc (Pathway 2); Accounting & Finance MSc (Pathway 3); Economics MSc; Financial Economics MSc; Financial Management MSc; Financial Technology MSc; Human Resource Management MSc; Human Resource Management MSc with CIPD Pathway; International Business MSc (campus programme only); International Marketing MSc; International Money & Banking MSc; Investments MSc; Management MSc; Management: Operations Pathway MSc; Management: Organisational Leadership & Change Pathway MSc; Management: Strategy Pathway MSc; Marketing MSc; Money Banking & Finance MSc. In order to be eligible to apply, you must fulfil all the following criteria: already have, or expect to receive, a first or upper second class honours degree (2.i) or equivalent; hold an offer from the University of Birmingham to start one of the full-time programmes in September 2021.

Who can apply:

All international

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