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Programme structure: Social Science Research Methods (Sociology) (MSc) - what's running in 2022/23

Please note: It is possible that the information shown for future academic years may change due to developments in the relevant academic field. Optional unit availability varies depending on both staffing, student choice and timetabling constraints.

    This section describes which Units you will take in which year of study. It indicates which units are mandatory and where you will be able to choose. The overall pass marks you will need to achieve in order to progress or achieve an award are shown. The full regulations concerning progression and completion are held in the University's Regulations and Code of Practice. Any particular aspects of your programme that are unusual will be highlighted. If any Units are must pass this will be shown below. The linked unit specifications detail any additional requirements.

    What do the Levels represent?

    What do the teaching blocks (TB) mean?

  • Year 1 (2022/23)

SOCIOLOGY PATHWAY

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences SOCIM0013 20 Mandatory TB-1
Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences SOCIM0011 20 Mandatory TB-1,TB-2
Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences SOCIM0012 20 Mandatory TB-1
Dissertation SOCIM1000 60 Mandatory AYEAR
Select at least 20 credit points from the following list:
Advanced Qualitative Research SOCIM3132 20 Optional TB-2
Further Quantitative Methods SPOLM0016 20 Optional TB-2
Plus 40 credit points from the list of Sociology optional units following:
Care, Labour and Gender SOCIM0004 20 Optional TB-2
Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences SOCIM0011 20 Mandatory TB-1,TB-2
Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences SOCIM0012 20 Mandatory TB-1
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences SOCIM0013 20 Mandatory TB-1
Contemporary Identities and Inequalities SOCIM0015 20 Optional TB-1
Gender, Family and Migration SOCIM0023 20 Optional TB-2
Understanding Social Movements SOCIM0028 20 Optional TB-2
From Structuralism to Post-structuralism SOCIM0029 20 Optional TB-2
Digital Economy and Society SOCIM0031 20 Optional TB-2
Interpreting Gender SOCIM3103 20 Optional TB-2
Advanced Qualitative Research SOCIM3132 20 Optional TB-2
Further Quantitative Methods SPOLM0016 20 Optional TB-2
Sociological Theory and the Concept of Culture SPAIM0049 20 Optional TB-1
Care, Labour and Gender SOCIM0004 20 Optional TB-2
Advanced Quantitative Research SOCIM3133 20 Optional TB-2
MSc Social Science Research Methods (Sociology)   180    

Progression/award requirements

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds but is permitted in designated programmes (as set out in the programme specification) where students choose to withdraw from the intended programme but otherwise achieve the necessary credit points for the exit award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. **Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

* The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.

** For the award of Distinction, the Faculty of Engineering requires at least 70 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

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