This programme provides practical, career-orientated training in social science research methods, including research design, data collection and data analysis relating to both qualitative and quantitative modes of inquiry.
Students will have the opportunity to specialise in particular methodologies and to learn more about the application of these methodologies to illuminate important issues and debates in contemporary society.
Social Science Research highlights
The Master's in Social Science Research is designed to develop critical understanding of contemporary issues as well as practical employment-orientated research skills and the ability to work independently.
- You have the option to partner with the Science Shop and develop a research project in collaboration with a community and voluntary sector organisation.
World Class Facilities
- Queen's Q-Step Centre: Queen's is one of 15 Q-Step Centres in the UK, established to provide a step-change in the social sciences with regards quantitative research training. This means that we are well placed to deliver a high level of training to our postgraduate students.
- ESRC doctoral research programme: The programme delivers training for QUB students part of the ESRC NINE Doctoral Training Programme.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- We are an international teaching team and are committed to research-led teaching, with modules reflecting our diverse range of expertise.
- Funding Opportunities: we have a number of Q-Step bursaries available for eligible students undertaking quantitative research for their dissertations.
- Transferable Skills: advanced social research methods training, including both quantitative and qualitative methods. You will have the opportunity to specialise in particular methods and topics and become familiar with commonly used software, e.g., SPSS, Stata and NVivo.
- Student Choice: we have a wide and varied range of modules, reflecting staff expertise in research methodologies and substantive areas. The dissertation allows students the opportunity to specialise in a topic of their own choice, guided by an academic supervisor.
- Flexibility: the programme is delivered in evenings and full day/half day sessions, including weekends. The programme can be taken full-time or part-time. Students can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma, on successful completion of 60 or 120 CATS respectively.