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MSc/ Diploma in Social Science Research Methods (Science and Technology)

Science and Technology

The STS pathway through the Social Science Research Methods MSc is suitable for all students with an interest in the social dimensions of science and technology. The School has research expertise in a range of substantive and methodological approaches and can offer supervision and training for students interested in:

  • Sociology of science and technology, including natural sciences, biotechnology, medicine and genomics
  • Nature, distribution and classification of expertise
  • Public understanding of, and engagement with, science and technology
  • Use of scientific advice and other forms of expertise in decision-making

The STS training programme is well-established and has been recognised by the ESRC for a number of years. Students following the STS Pathway take both generic research methods training and the subject specific modules required in order to specialise in STS research. These modules include:

  • Core modules in generic social science skills including qualitative and quantitative methods, philosophy of social science and research design
  • Specialist modules in STS. These cover the key social theories relating to modernity and contemporary society, major theoretical perspectives in STS and current issues in public understanding of science. Wherever practical the content and assessment of these modules is tailored towards the research interests of the participating students.
  • Specialist substantive and methodological options that enable students to extend their methodological skills and/or locate their own research interests in relation to cognate fields.

All optional choices are made in discussion with supervisors and, where appropriate, students will be encouraged to substitute the standard SOCSI modules for equivalent modules taught by other departments.

In addition to the taught component of the MSc, students continue to receive training and support throughout the period of registration. The formal element of this on-going support is provided during the +3 phase by the SSRM which offers training courses specifically developed for research postgraduates in areas such as: advanced research skills; research governance; personal and employment related skills; and teaching skills.

For further information please contact Dr Rob Evans:

Student Testimonial
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