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Loughborough University

Social Science Research (Social Policy) MSc

Loughborough University
In Loughborough

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Typology Master
Location Loughborough
Start 15/09/2019
  • Master
  • Loughborough
  • Start:
    15/09/2019
Description

Overview
Our Social Science Research (Social Policy) MSc programme provides you with a comprehensive overview of the key methodological and philosophical debates that currently shape social sciences. It also provides an opportunity to develop specialised research methods skills in social policy in an internationally renowned department for Social Policy research.
The Social Science Research (Social Policy) programme consists of compulsory and optional modules, delivered across four different academic schools within the University, which means you benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to your studies. The academic schools involved are:
School of Social, Political, and Geographical Sciences
School of Sport, Exercise, and Health Sciences
School of Business and Economics
School of Science.
On completion of the Social Science Research (Social Policy) programme, you will have met the MSc training requirements for PhD funding from the ESRC, opening up the possibility of securing PhD funding from the ESRC. Further information regarding the future career prospects associated with this programme can be found below.
The modules are taught by leading researchers selected for their expertise in the taught research methods and topics.
What makes this programme different?
The Social Policy courses in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough Universities are consistently rated in the top-15 UK Social Policy courses by national league tables.
The Department of Social Sciences hosts the prestigious Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP) which over the past 30 years has developed an international reputation for high quality applied policy research. Most prominently, CRSP is currently involved in the study of the Minimum Income Standard programme..
The School of Social Political and Geographical Sciences is the home to the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture (CRCC)

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15 Sep 2019
Loughborough
Loughborough University, LE11 3TU, Leicestershire, England
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Starts 15 Sep 2019
Location
Loughborough
Loughborough University, LE11 3TU, Leicestershire, England
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· What are the objectives of this course?

Your personal and professional development The Department of Social Sciences is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career. Future career prospects On completion of the Social Science Research (Social Policy) programme, you will have met the training requirements for PhD funding from the ESRC, and will be therefore equipped to pursue a doctorate in a number of sports and exercise science fields. Your personal development Our Social Science Research (Social Policy) programme provides an opportunity to develop specialised research skills relating to social policy within a school that is internationally renowned in this field.

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What you'll learn on the course

Social Science
Communication Training
School
University
Design
Social Policy

Course programme

What you'll study

Our Social Science Research (Social Policy) MSc programme is designed to produce graduates with rigorous research and analytical skills, who are well equipped to progress onto being high level researchers in their chosen field of study.

Modules

Social Science Research (Social Policy) covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

  • Compulsory
  • Optional

Philosophy of Social Science (20 credits)

Philosophy of Social Science (20 credits)

This module introduces students to the philosophical foundations of social science research. It provides an overview of the different ontological and epistemological bases of social scientific research methods and theories.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Quantitative Research Methods (20 credits)

Quantitative Research Methods (20 credits)

This module provides advances training in quantitative research methods, developing students’ skills of collecting, cleaning, and analysing quantitative data, using specialist software.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Research Design and Practice (20 credits)

Research Design and Practice (20 credits)

This module introduces students to research methodologies, enabling them to develop essential skills for planning a realistic research design for their dissertation.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Qualitative Research Methods (20 credits)

Qualitative Research Methods (20 credits)

This module advances students qualitative research skills, providing training in a range of qualitative and interpretative methods. It also develops students’ critical thinking about measurement in social science research and about the appropriate representation of research findings.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 75% coursework and 25% oral poster presentation, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Specialist Research Methods: Understanding Social Policy Research

Specialist Research Methods: Understanding Social Policy Research

This module will introduce students to social policy development by drawing on a range of perspectives, theories, and concepts. It will illustrate how social policies are created, implemented and evaluated.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Dissertation

Dissertation

In this module students will design, conduct, analyse and report an original empirical study within the field of social policy.

Doing Research with Young People in their Socio-spatial Contexts (10 credits)

Doing Research with Young People in their Socio-spatial Contexts (10 credits)

This module introduces students to the specific theoretical and practical requirements associated with doing research with young people.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Advanced Content Analysis

Advanced Content Analysis

This module advances students’ skills of doing computer-assisted content analysis and students’ knowledge of statistical textual analysis.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Methodological Advances in Applied Ethnography (10 credits)

Methodological Advances in Applied Ethnography (10 credits)

This module advances students’ ethnographic skills by discussing innovations in ethnography, its interdisciplinary use, and its adaptation to contemporary challenges.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Applied Conversation Analysis - 10 credits

Applied Conversation Analysis - 10 credits

This module develops students’ skills in using conversation analysis, a novel research method for analysing talk in a range of institutional settings, which generates findings that help to improve communication.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Methodological Implications of Critical Realism (10 credits)

Methodological Implications of Critical Realism (10 credits)

This module introduces students to the ontological foundations of critical realism and develops their understanding of a critical realist research design.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.


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