MSc Social Science Research Methods (Management)

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Start date September 2022

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 planning to go on 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 in 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.

You’ll be taught by leading academics whose research tackles the global societal issues across management related disciplines.

Our research themes are:

  • Inclusive Economy
  • Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • Innovation and Digitalisation
  • Public Services Governance and Management
  • Global Political Economy
  • Work Futures.

78% of the School of Management’s research is rated as world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014), reflecting its impact in shaping policy and practice.

This programme will be covered in our Management and Business webinar during our virtual open week. Register today.

Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time
£9,000
Overseas: full-time
£20,100

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

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 2022/23

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

Programme structure

The MSc programme comprises six 12-week taught units (20 credits each) followed by a dissertation (60 credits). The dissertation presents you with an opportunity 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.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Social Science Research Methods (Management).

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent).
Degrees from any social science discipline are considered. Examples include: Sociology, Anthropology, Politics, Criminology, Education, Geography, History, Law, Communication Studies, Public Health.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

Bristol has an excellent reputation with employers worldwide and our graduates are in demand. 

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

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Find out how to apply

Application deadline:

29 July 2022 for international applicants. 12 August 2022 for UK applicants. Early applications recommended; places may fill before the deadline. As students from different regions tend to apply at different points in the application period, applications from some regions may close earlier in the year.

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Contact details

Enquiries Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1649 Email: choosebristol-pg@bristol.ac.uk

School website: School of Management

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REF 2014 results

Please see full REF 2014 results for the University of Bristol; in particular, the scores for subject areas 18 and 19.


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

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