MA Social Research (Social Work and Professional Practice)

The MA Social Research (Social Work and Professional Practice) is for those who have practice experience in the fields of social work, health and social care or criminal justice, and who are interested in undertaking an academic or research career.

The MA Social Research (Social Work and Professional Practice) is recognised by the ESRC as a research training pathway designed to provide you with a sound background in overall research design and the most up-to-date training in methods, including data collection and analysis for potential doctoral students. The MA Social Research (Social Work and Professional Practice) welcomes applications from international students.

The core elements of this programme are delivered by staff from across the College of Social Sciences, many of them engaged in novel research in their particular fields.

The MA programme includes assessed core modules and short courses (120 credits) and the completion of a 12,000 word dissertation (60 credits), while the Postgraduate Diploma includes the assessed courses only (120 credits).

Please note: this course does not provide a qualification to practice social work. If you are looking for a qualifying programme, please consider our MA Social Work.

Within social work and social care there is an increasing emphasis on the use of research to inform ‘evidence-based policy-making’ and practice. The MA Social Research (Social Work and Professional Practice) will provide you with rigorous training in social science research methods and their application to social work and equip you with the skills to make a real difference in this area.

The programme offers you a rigorous and systematic social research training, an opportunity to apply this to your particular area of policy (or practice) interest and the opportunity to study relevant aspects of policy and practice in more depth.

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  • Philosophy of Social Science Research
  • Research Design, Practice and Ethics
  • Foundations in Qualitative Research
  • Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Methods
  • Issues and Debates in Social Work
  • Dissertation
  • Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Approaches to Research on Discourse
  • Case Study Research Design
  • Documentary Research in Education
  • Factor Analysis
  • Intro to Econometric Software
  • Intro to Time Series Regression
  • Introduction to Causal Inference
  • Mixed Methods Research Design
  • Multivariate Linear + Logistic Regression
  • Narrative Research
  • Policy Evaluation
  • Q Methodology
  • Questionnaire Design
  • Regression with categorical dependent variables: An introduction using STATA
  • Researching Disability
  • Researching Young People
  • Social Research Methods I B
  • Visual Research Methods
  • Advanced Qualitative Interviewing
  • £21,960 Per Year

    International student tuition fee

    1 Year


    Sep 2024

    Start Month

    Aug 2024

    Application Deadline

    Upcoming Intakes

    • September 2024
    • September 2025

    Mode of Study

    • Full Time