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MSc Social Science Research Methods (Social Work Pathway)

Our teaching in postgraduate social work has a long-established reputation. Both staff and students bring to the programme a wide variety of histories and academic backgrounds, which provides exciting exposure to a diversity of practical experiences as well as in-depth academic knowledge.


Students will be supervised by staff with extensive experience of funded research for local and national government and voluntary sector bodies, as well as experience of research collaboration with local and national social welfare organisations and good links with local policy-makers and practitioners. These staff members are actively involved in disseminating social work research via publications in books, academic and practitioner journals and presentations to conferences. Several staff members have been involved in editing journals related to social work.


Students are encouraged become members of one or more of the School's research groups. There is no single group whose activities are limited to social work topics, but there is a social work angle in several of the groups. This is particularly the case for the research groups focusing on:

  • childhood
  • crime and justice
  • health and society
  • risk, interaction and organisation
  • sexualities and gender