Social Science Research (MRes)

Queen's University Belfast the United Kingdom

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The award
MRes

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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All study options

About Social Science Research at Queen's University Belfast

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.

Industry Links

  • You have the option to partner with the Science Shop and develop a research project in collaboration with a community and voluntary sector organisation.
    http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/ScienceShop/

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.
    http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/QStep/
  • ESRC doctoral research programme: The programme delivers training for QUB students part of the ESRC NINE Doctoral Training Programme.
    https://www.ninedtp.ac.uk/

Internationally Renowned Experts

  • We are an international teaching team and are committed to research-led teaching, with modules reflecting our diverse range of expertise.

Student Experience

  • Funding Opportunities: we have a number of Q-Step bursaries available for eligible students undertaking quantitative research for their dissertations.
    http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/QStep/
  • 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.

 

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMResHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out
  • The awardMResHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI)£5,500England, Scotland or Wales (GB)£5,500Other (non-UK) EU£5,500International£15,700

All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2018-19 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Social Science Research costs

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

How do I fund my study?

From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

More information on funding options and financial assistance.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

* information shown is for 2017-18 and should be used as a guide until 2018-19 scholarships are confirmed.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

Graduate
Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in one of the Social Sciences and/or appropriate social science research experience. A supporting reference may be required.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 31st July 2018.
Late applications may be considered.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

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