Social Research MSc

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

September 2022

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Total Course Fee

USD 23,219

Course Accredited By


  • 1 Years
  • On Campus
  • Postgraduate
  • Degree
The MSc in Social Research provides you with an expert grounding in the practice of social research. You will gain the necessary advanced academic skills to develop, conduct and evaluate social research.
  • The degree will provide you with a critical understanding of both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis and the philosophical, theoretical and technical problems associated with these methods.
  • You will develop a full appreciation of the political problems and ethical considerations that need to be borne in mind when conducting research, in particular a sensitivity to issues of race, gender, age and sexuality. By taking this course you will gain a detailed knowledge of the range of data sources available to social scientists, including secondary data sets of various kinds. You will increase your understanding of the links between social research and social policy formulation and administration.
  • The course will equip you with a range of practical research skills (including computing, academic writing and preparation for publication, presentation and applying for grants) and the ability to identify researchable questions and formulate an appropriate and practical design to address them.
  • Our MSc can provide you with a gateway to a research-based career or is an excellent foundation for doctoral research.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2022

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 degree in a relevant social science subject.
  • A degree in a different, but related, field may also be considered.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Semester 1


  • Philosophy of Social Sciences
  • Collecting and Analysing Numeric Data
  • Research Questions to Research Design

Semester 2


  • Multivariate Analysis and Statistical Modelling
  • Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Plus your Dissertation
  • UK and EU Students 
  • This is the total course fee. 
  • Starting in September 2021 
  • MSc: £8,190 
  • If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. 
  • This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee. 
  • Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? 
  • Find out if you're eligible.

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