MSc Social Science Research Methods (Management)

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New programme for 2017

Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

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.

Fees for 2017/18


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

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.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent). Degrees from any social science discipline are considered. Work experience is not required.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


The programme will provide you with a sound basis for further study at doctoral level or your future career in a wide range of fields including business, the public sector and third sector organisations.

How to apply
Application deadline:

We welcome applications at any time of year. Early application is advised. There is a funding deadline for ESRC studentships which will be advertised at

International students

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REF 2014 results

  • 24% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 54% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 22% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

The Graduate Studies Admissions Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1519 Email:

Graduate Studies Office
School of Economics, Finance and Management
University of Bristol
8 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TN


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