Postgraduate Taught

Social Research

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This Masters programme is the ideal postgraduate course for keen researchers who are interested in exploring the challenges facing modern society.
Working with our leading academics – who helped design this course alongside industry experts and former students – you'll examine issues across the social sciences drawing from quantitative and qualitative research methods.
By developing your research skills, critical thinking, teamwork and more, you'll open up a range of careers in the public, voluntary and private sectors such as with research agencies, charities, trade unions and lobby groups.
Our course also offers ongoing development for those already working as researchers or for those thinking about pursing a PhD and who would benefit from a greater understanding of research and research methods.
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Whether it’s analysing local health care services, predicting voting behaviour during elections, or researching the social impact that Hull winning the 2017 UK City of Culture had on people, this course explores today’s society in all its complexities.

If you’re interested in practical inquiry and scholarship, this is the course for you. You’ll collect, analyse and interpret social data, gain problem-solving skills, strengthen communication and work with the latest industry software.

Designed by industry experts, former students and leading academics, this course looks at social research and real-world issues impacting us all.

  • Develop your skills

    in critical thinking and research

  • Inquiry-based learning

  • Use industry software

    and explore mixed methodologies

  • Carry out your own research

    into society's complexities

  • Access

    to stakeholders and partners

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Course overview
Module options

About this course

Our MSc in Social Research is the ideal postgraduate course for keen researchers who are naturally curious, interested in complexity, and ready to apply their practical skills in the real world.

Working with passionate lecturers throughout the course, you’ll examine issues across the social sciences drawing from quantitative and qualitative research methods. The programme uses an inquiry-based approach which encourages critical thinking, teamwork, and independent study in a chosen specialist area within social research.

For those looking to pursue further academic research, there’s an opportunity to progress to a PhD using this course as a solid foundation for multi-disciplinary research.

Choose your modules

For a full Masters degree, you'll study 180 credits over the duration of your course. Some programmes offer a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) qualification or a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) qualification. For a PGDip, you'll study 120 credits, and for a PGCert, you'll study 60 credits.

Research Design and Methodology

Explore the key features of quantitative and qualitative research designs, including evaluation research. This module enables you to choose appropriate methodological approaches and research design in full awareness of their strengths and limitations, for addressing research questions​.

Core20 credits

Introducing Statistics and Data Analysis with SPSS

Gain the transferable skills in the use of Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) to enable you appropriately use, meaningfully present and accurately interpret univariate and bivariate statistical analysis in an effective and informative way.

Core20 credits

Philosophies of Social Science

You'll be introduced to the philosophical assumptions that underpin the theory and practice of social inquiry, highlighting major debates and controversies in social science generated by these assumptions.

Core20 credits

Surveys and Questionnaires

The module will give you a complex understanding of what is required in the management and successful execution of survey work, and an awareness of the different forms a survey can take.

Core20 credits

Dissertation in Social Research

Conduct a qualitative or quantitative research project, guided by an allocated academic supervisor. You'll be supported through a series of workshops designed to assist you with writing a dissertation, such as; research ethics, methodology and data analysis.

Core60 credits

Analysing Qualitative Data

This module takes a hands on approach to familiarise you with some of the most commonly employed data analysis methods in qualitative research.

Optional20 credits

Advanced Quantitative Analysis

This module provides training in the use of relevant statistics software (SPSS and MLwiN) to undertake analysis on a range of statistical modelling techniques, including regression analysis, factor analysis and multilevel modelling. It develops your abilities to critically evaluate quantitative approaches in social and health research.

Optional20 credits
7 Modules

Entry requirements

What do I need?

Typical offer
2:2 in any subject area

If you’re an undergraduate student at Hull, you’re guaranteed a fast-track route to this postgraduate degree, as long as you meet the entry requirements.

In order to ensure our students have a rich learning and student experience, most of our programmes have a mix of domestic and international students. We reserve the right to close applications early to either group if application volumes suggest that this blend cannot be achieved.

What do I need?

Typical offer
2:2 in any subject area

If you require a student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by the University of Hull.

If your English currently does not reach the University’s required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees & funding

How much is it?

Additional costs you may have to pay

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme. There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make:

  • Books (you can borrow books on your reading lists from the library, but you may buy your own)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (incl. travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (incl. travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PCs on campus, but you may want your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel, food and more.

How do I pay for it?

How much is it?

Additional costs you may have to pay

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme. There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make:

  • Books (you can borrow books on your reading lists from the library, but you may buy your own)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (incl. travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (incl. travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PCs on campus, but you may want your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel, food and more.

How do I pay for it?

Our scholarships

We offer a number of awards, bursaries and scholarships for eligible students. They’re awarded for a variety of reasons including academic achievement and/or to help those on lower incomes.

Scholarships and bursaries are separate to student loans. And the best bit is, you don’t pay a penny back.

Find out more about our scholarships

Alumni Postgraduate Scholarship

University of Hull undergraduates progressing to a taught masters course may receive a 25% discount on the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Alumni Postgraduate Scholarship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries for international students.

To find out more and see if you're eligible, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

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Brynmor Jones Library

Our 7-storey library is home to 1 million+ books, extensive digital resources drawn from libraries and archives across the world, and stunning panoramic views of the city from the 7th floor.

Reading Room

You’ll find the Reading Room on the first floor of our library. It offers a comfortable space and a quiet environment to study – away from the hustle and bustle of the campus.

Study Rooms

You'll find over 1,000 work spaces in our library. From boardroom-style meeting venues with big-screen PCs, to informal group-study areas and interactive whiteboards.

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Future prospects

Studying Social Research is an ideal route for anyone looking to go into research roles in the public, voluntary and private sectors. It’ll prepare you with the requisite skills and experience to work for research agencies, charities, independent organisations, trade unions, and pressure and lobby groups.

The course also offers ongoing development for those already working as researchers and who want to enhance their careers. It’s an excellent training programme for anyone thinking about going on to PhD level study.

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Your next steps

Like what you’ve seen? Then it’s time to apply.

Make your application online now, and our admissions team will get back to you as soon as possible to make you an offer.

Not ready to apply?

We regularly deliver virtual and on-campus events to help you discover your perfect postgraduate course, whether it’s a subject you already love or something completely different. Our events are an opportunity for you to chat to tutors and current students and find out about the career options a postgraduate degree could lead to.

All modules presented on this course page are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

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