Our MA Sociological Research provides a strong foundation in empirical research, encompassing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. We offer you advanced study of research design, specific research techniques, and their evaluation. You also study a variety of data collection and analysis techniques, and acquire a critical appreciation of empirical research methodology.
Graduates will understand the connection between theory and empirical methodology, and be able to produce, evaluate and effectively communicate research findings. You gain a broad-based research training which will be indispensable if you wish to proceed to a PhD, and is invaluable training if you seek future employment in a wide range of social research occupations.
Our Department of Sociology was placed joint first in the UK in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008), meaning our students are taught, supported and supervised by world-class scholars, thus graduating an outstanding qualification that will help in all your future endeavours.
We are a large and friendly department, offering a range and diversity of research interests and with staff members who are committed to teaching, research and publication that covers a broad geographical spectrum. Many have worked at the local level with local authorities, justice councils, community partnerships and charities. Others have worked at a national and international level with bodies like the United Nations, the European Commission’s Expert Group on Public Understanding of Science, Amnesty International, The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Home Office and national non-governmental organisations.
Postgraduate study qualification from the University of Essex.