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

University of Birmingham

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.

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  • Philosophy of Social Science Research
  • Research Design, Practice and Ethics
  • Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Methods
  • Foundations in Qualitative Research
  • Advanced Training Programme
  • Analysing Hierarchical Panel Data
  • An Approach To Research On Discourse
  • Case Study Research Design
  • Documentary Research In Education
  • Factor Analysis
  • Requirements

    Listed below are the documents required to apply for this course.
    1 year


    Sep 2024

    Start Month

    Aug 2024

    Application Deadline

    Upcoming Intakes

    • September 2024

    Mode of Study

    • Full Time