Postgraduate Module Descriptor

SOCM019: Research Methods in the Social Sciences

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits15 ECTS Value7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Tia DeNora (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


Postgraduate study in the social sciences includes both comprehension of research methods and the ability to use them yourself. But how do you know which method to pick? Can you avoid common problems at the data collection stage? How do you conduct high quality analyses? This module offers an overview of the main qualitative and quantitative methods within the social sciences.  These range from qualitative methods such as ethnography/participant observation, through to quantitative methods such as surveys. There is an emphasis on both good research design and ethical research, with opportunities for you to apply the techniques learned to your own research projects through an interactive workshop format. There are no requirements in terms of previous research methods training.

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