MSc Social Science Research Methods (Management)
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 will be taught by leading academics whose research tackles the global societal issues across management related disciplines.
Our research groups and centres are:
- Centre for Action Research and Critical Inquiry in Organisations (ARCIO)
- Sustainable Production, Inclusivity, Consumption and Economy
- Innovation and Digitalisation
- Public Services Governance and Management
- Global Political Economy
- Work Futures.
88% of our business and management research is rated as world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021), reflecting its impact in shaping policy and practice.
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).
An upper second-class honours degree or international equivalent in any Social Science discipline will be considered. Examples include: Anthropology, Politics, Criminology, Education, Geography, History, Law, Communication Studies, Public Health, Management, Organisational Behaviour/Theory and Business Ethics. Applicants must have completed three modules at 2:1 or above in management related units including sociology/societal concepts. Examples include Management (HRM/Strategy/Governance), Organisational Behaviour/Theory, Corporate Culture, Business Ethics, Marketing, Sociology, Research Methods. OR An upper second-class honours degree or international equivalent in Sociology or Research Methods. Applicants with a lower class of degree with relevant work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level B.
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Fees and funding
- UK: full-time
- £9,700 per year
- Overseas: full-time
- £21,100 per year
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.
More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.
Funding for 2023/24
Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.
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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