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What will I learn?

This Postgraduate Diploma is an intensive accelerated programme running over two terms offering training in social science research methods. It provides a pathway to doctoral study including MPhil/PhD programmes and, for suitable candidates, to year two of the EdD programme. It is aimed at professionals working in a wide range of disciplines who have an interest in developing research skills in social science.

About this degree

Students on this programme develop an understanding of research in the social sciences and develop skills and understanding which will give them the confidence to progress to doctoral study, or to apply research skills in their own professional contexts. Students learn how to develop and critically evaluate research questions; gain an understanding of social science research methodologies and links between these methodologies and research questions; select appropriate social science research methods to explore identified research questions; enhance their knowledge of different forms of research proposals and the complexities of funding applications; and assess their own suitability for further research degree studies.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of face-to-face seminars and synchronous (virtual real-time classroom) and asynchronous sessions. Students also learn about the practicalities of social science research through participation in a research project. Peer review and study informed by adult learning theory are particular forms of learning on this programme.

Careers

Students from a wide range of professions have undertaken the programme, including, but not limited to school teachers and leaders, professionals working in a range of roles in further and higher education, people working in the charity sector and those working in medicine and health.

The aims of the programme are to familiarise students with social science research, to enhance the prospects of those wishing to go on to doctoral study and to allow others to further their careers by developing their capacity to apply research skills within their professional contexts.

Employability

Students will gain the skills to progress to postgraduate research, potentially leading to careers in academia or as researchers working in the public or private sectors.

Which department am I in?

Institute of Education, University of London

Study options

Full Time (10 months)

Tuition fees
£9,800.00 (US$ 10,619) Overall cost
Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary.

This is a fixed fee
Application deadline

7 October 2022

Start date

January 2023

Venue

London, Bloomsbury

Gower Street,

London,

WC1E 6BT, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students who hold Medical / Dental / Pharmacy degree; Doctorate/PhD (All degrees must be awarded by an institution accredited by a recognised regional accreditation body) will also be considered for graduate entry.

For international students

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. IELTS: Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests. TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 100 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening.

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

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