School of Psychology Degree programmes

MSc in Social Science Research Methods

The MSc in Social Science Research Methods provides students with the opportunity to acquire the generic research skills required by all social science researchers; as well as the subject-specific requirements of the Psychology Subject Area Panel.  It develops the capacity of students to engage with methodological approaches across the range of social science literatures and equips them to conduct theoretically-informed and empirically robust research within their own area of expertise.  The MSc. programme is organised to maximise the opportunities for learning across disciplinary boundaries, whilst maintaining the strengths of disciplinary focus in specialist psychological research.

Course Content

Students undertake 7 modules. Five of the modules are core courses which are designed to equip students with generic research skills and the knowledge specifically designated for researchers in the social sciences. These include: Developing Core Research Skills (20 credits); Foundations of Social Science Research (20 credits); Qualitative Research Methods (20 credits); Quantitative Research Methods (20 credits); and Research Applications (20 credits).

The remaining modules are designed to address specialist research methods or the application of research methods in particular substantive areas. Students on the Psychology pathway complete a placement module to gain insight into two area of psychological research (Research Skills in Practice, 20 credits).The programme then culminates in the Dissertation (60 credits), which is submitted in the September following enrolment, completing a full, 12-month programme. 

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Application Procedure

Applicants should normally have a 2:1 degree or above or an equivalent qualification. Alternatively, they may be considered for admission if they are able to demonstrate that they have held, for a minimum period of two years, a position of responsibility relevant to the programme, or, in exceptional circumstances, be able to demonstrate equivalent skills that are sufficient to meet the demands of the programme.

Where English is not the applicant’s first language, we require an IELTS score of 6:5 or above (or an equivalent English qualification).

Please note

Potential applicants must produce an initial outline description of their intended research topic (typically 500 words, 1 A4 Page) which will form the basis for assessing the application, together with the completed application form and references. The research proposal will also be the means by which applicants are paired with potential supervisors. It is important that your writing is clear and concise, and you use size 12 font.

This can be submitted with the application form or directly to the SSRM Office in 59 Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3AT. Sample Research proposals are available from the SSRM Office.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis throughout the academic year but due the popularity of the course, places fill up quickly.  Prospective students are advised to submit their application in the spring. 

All applications must be approved by the pathway convenor before a student enrols on a specific pathway through the MSc/Diploma in Social Science Research Methods (SSRM).