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Research Methods - not recruiting for 2013
Increasingly, universities and funding bodies are seeing research methods training as an important preliminary to PhD and other doctoral level study. In addition, a thorough grounding in research methodologies and transferable research skills will offer you an important trajectory and preparation for research-oriented employment as well as further advancement throughout your career.
|Length||1 Year Full time (up to 6 years Part-time)|
Our MSc in Research Methods offers you innovative research training in the splendid surroundings of our Riverside Campus and Main Chester Campus. The course provides a unique learning opportunity for you to engage with a wide range of research methodologies, key concepts and theories and professional skills in research training, to promote intellectual development and further aid your employability.
Our programme draws upon the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of research-active academics, from education and social science, health and social care and clinical and biological sciences. The MSc is designed to support beginner and intermediate researchers and can be taken as an independent Masters' award or serve as a preparation for doctoral level studies.
The taught programme combines academic rigor with creativity, offering a broad range of modules in research skills and methodologies leading to a research project allowing for the development of key concepts and theories in practice.
Our Msc Research Methods comprises six taught modules of 20 credits and a dissertation module of 60 credits.
The taught module titles are as follows:
These modules address a broad and diverse range of themes and approaches including ethnography and case study, feminist theory and methodology, critical race theory and post-structuralism, quantitative research design, questionnaires and advanced statistics.
If you are a part time student you will take the modules marked * in Year 1 and the modules marked ** in Year 2.
You will engage with a variety of learning pedagogies including lectures, seminars, group work, presentations, one-to-one sessions with tutors and guided peer review.
You will be assessed through a series of course assignments of 4,000 - 5,500 words in length, or the equivalent in level of effort, and by linking written work with individual presentations and empirical fieldwork, process and analysis. Our programme thus employs an integrated approach to assessment as a means to examine a variety of skills and intellectual abilities.
Our MSc framework provides an opportunity for intellectual advancement and career progression through an experience combining high-level critical thinking with relevant transferable research skills. The MSc provides opportunities to deepen your knowledge and understanding of key concepts and theories underpinning contemporary social-science research. Through intensive education and training you will acquire not only the relevant knowledge and understanding of the key conceptual frames and technical procedures underpinning social research and also benefit more widely from generic research training through engagement with researchers - which is crucial to an academic research career.
Entry requirements are as follows: