What will I learn?

This MSc is for you if you’re interested in studying for a research degree in the social sciences or want to learn about research methods.

Based at the School of Global Studies at Sussex, this course is ideal if you are seeking ESRC funding. You can also take this course as a stand-alone degree if you wish to apply advanced research methodologies to an area of academic or policy interest without doing a PhD.


This MSc gives you a broad-based knowledge of research methods and methodologies – basic training for those who wish to use social science research in their career.

Our graduates are well prepared for work in:

  • social research
  • international development non-governmental organisations
  • international aid agencies
  • socially responsible businesses.

Which department am I in?

University of Sussex

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£18,975.00 (US$ 25,947) per year
This is a fixed fee

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

Application deadline

1 August 2022

Start date

26 September 2022


University of Sussex

Sussex House,


Brighton & Hove,

BN1 9RH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 or 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

For international students

Degree requirements: You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences subject, but you may still be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic) Standard level (6.0 overall, including at least 5.5 in each component); TOEFL (iBT) - 80 overall, including at least 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing.

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


About University of Sussex

In the vibrant coastal city of Brighton, Sussex offers a world-class education, real-world employability and an unforgettable student experience.

  • Ranked 20th in the UK and 160th in the world (THE WUR 2021)
  • Outstanding research reputation & excellent job prospects
  • Continual investment in facilities & the student experience
  • Beautiful campus with a welcoming global community

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