What will I learn?

Our Masters in Social Research degree will provide you with a sound background in social research design and the most up-to-date training in methods of data collection and analysis.

The College of Social Sciences welcomes all postgraduates to the MA in Social Research programme which continues to enjoy full Research Training recognition by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The different pathways and the combination of core modules and advanced training courses on more advanced topics provide maximum flexibility and different levels of intensity for taught postgraduate students and doctoral researchers. You can customise your research training throughout the course of your study at Birmingham. The core elements of the programme are delivered by research active staff across the entire College, many of whom are engaged in cutting-edge research in their own fields. You will benefit by undertaking this training with students from different departments in the Schools of Social Policy, Business, Education and Government and Society. Above all, you will learn how to communicate research findings effectively and develop an understanding of the potential impact of your research within and beyond academia.

Employability

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.

Which department am I in?

School of Social Policy

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£20,160.00 (US$ 27,324) per year
This is a fixed fee

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

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

University of Birmingham

Edgbaston,

Birmingham,

B15 2TT, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need an honours degree from a recognised institution in the USA with a GPA of at least: 2.8 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for entry to programmes with a 2:2 requirement; 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for entry to programmes with a 2:1 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.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Kaplan International College (KIC) London
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About University of Birmingham

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