University of Bristol

Social Sciences

MSc Social Science Research Methods (Management)


Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road

Second Floor, Union Building, Queen's Road, Clifton

Bristol, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc Social Science Research Methods (Management)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Social Science Research Methods (Management) provides comprehensive training in the process of research conceptualisation, design and operationalisation. It has been carefully formulated to reflect the training recommended by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It is particularly suited for those seeking a career as a social science researcher or proceeding to a PhD in Management.

The programme delivers a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in the variety of qualitative and quantitative data collection methods available to the social scientist and of the principal methods of analysing data. The programme also covers the philosophies underpinning the research process, ethical considerations and social theory. You will be encouraged to apply your methods training to your substantive research interests.

Programme structure

The MSc programme comprises six 12-week taught units (20 M-level points each) followed by a dissertation (60 M-level points).

Core units

  • Teaching Block 1
    • Qualitative Social Research
    • Quantitative Social Research
    • Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences
  • Teaching Block 2
    • Researching Management, Institutions and Organisations
    • One of the following units:
      • Advanced Quantitative Research
      • Advanced Qualitative Research

Optional units

You will choose one optional unit in Teaching Block 2 from:

  • Research for a Sustainable Society
  • Care, Labour and Gender
  • Narrating the Self
  • Interpreting Gender
  • Climate change and International Security
  • Global Justice
  • East Asia, Europe & Global Integration
  • The Politics of Insecurity
  • Global Civil Society
  • China's International Relations
  • Japan & East Asia: Socio-Economic Development
  • The Politics of (Un)sustainability
  • Conflict, Security & Development
  • Europeanisation

Unit availability is subject to staffing and timetable constraints. Please note: the number of available places on some units may be capped.


You will complete a dissertation in the summer term. The dissertation enables you to pursue an independent, in-depth study of a topic relating to management and organisation, reflecting on the epistemological and methodological issues covered in the taught element of the programme.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS English language 6.5 overall, minimum 6.5 in all bands or equivalent

Facts & Figures

Out State Tuition (per year): 15,700 GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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