Research programmes involve writing a thesis on a particular topic with specialist supervision. You are given research training, which is tailored to the particular needs of your research and takes into account any training you have previously received. You also have opportunities to attend modules on relevant subjects on a non-assessed basis to fill any gaps in your background.
Knowledge and understanding
The first year of the programme normally comprises taught modules in research skills training and subject-specific modules as directed by the supervisor, in addition to preliminary research including a systematic review of the literature on the student’s chosen subject. Students will also be expected to attend School research seminars. Unless exempted, wholly or in part, on the grounds of previous research experience or formal training, students will be required to follow four research training modules based upon those required for the MA in Methods of Social Research:
- Research design and data collection
- Using secondary and qualitative data
- Philosophical approaches to research
- Quantitative analysis