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Social Science Research Methods  (MSc)

MSc in Social Science Research Methods

Programme Director: Dr Amanda Robinson

Length of course: Full-time: 12 months / Part-time: 27 months

The MSc/Diploma in Social Science Research Methods (SSRM) was established to provide training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences. Students from a number of academic Schools follow the programme: Cardiff Business School, Cardiff Law School, Cardiff School of Planning and Geography, Cardiff School of Politics and International Relations, Cardiff School of Psychology, and Cardiff School of Social Sciences. 

The SSRM offers an excellent environment in which to exchange ideas and experiences across conventional disciplinary boundaries within the social sciences. Pathways through the SSRM include:

  • Business and Management Studies with four Specialist routes (Accounting and Finance; Human Resource Management; Logistics and Operations Management; Marketing and Strategy).
  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • Environmental Planning
  • European Governance and Public Policy
  • European and International Studies
  • Psychology
  • Criminology
  • Education
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Social Policy
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Sociology (with a Specialism in Global Political Economy)

For more information about each pathway and how to apply, please visit the main SSRM pages

The course pathways have ESRC recognition and they each provide the appropriate training basis for proceeding to a PhD, as they meet the requirements of the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre (DTC). The SSRM also provides knowledge and expertise suitable for careers in research and development, business, market studies, public agencies at international, national and local levels, teaching and other public services work, and voluntary organisations. Whatever your intended career trajectory, we hope that you will find the MSc/Diploma programme interesting, challenging and rewarding.

The MSc/Diploma in Social Science Research Methods is managed by the SSRM Office in the School of Social Sciences (SOCSI), Room 0.16 of the Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff CF10 3WT

Telephone: 02920 875178 or 02920 870284.




Scholarships are available for this programme, please visit the Scholarships page.

Further Information

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Includes information about teaching, academic staff, period of study and admission requirements.


Dr Robin Smith talks about the MSc Social Science Research Methods, and being a postgraduate student in Cardiff.


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