About this course
Learn how to investigate social issues and gather statistical evidence on this MSc Social Research Methods with Applied Statistics degree at the University of Southampton. Develop the knowledge and practical skills to conduct both qualitative and quantitative research into social issues. When you graduate you’ll be ready for a career in social research, or for continued study at PhD level.
On this UK master’s course you’ll develop in-depth knowledge of applied statistical methods and learn how to conduct both qualitative and quantitative research.
Quantitative research relies on numerical data to identify large-scale trends. Qualitative research uses techniques such as observation, interviews and open-ended surveys to find out why or how something occurs.
You can tailor this course to your research interests or career plans by choosing from a wide range of optional modules. These cover areas such as:
- demographic methods (relating to the structure of populations)
- epidemiological methods (relating to the occurrence of diseases in different populations)
- survival analysis (the expected duration of events)
- modelling longitudinal data (data tracked over time)
- medical and social statistics
The part-time study option for this course will not be running for the 2020/21 academic year.
If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:
- a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years
Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.
Your course leader is Dr Olga Maslovskaya, Lecturer in Social Statistics and Demography within Economic, Social and Political Sciences. Her research interests include survey research, survey methodology, social statistics, quantitative research methods and demography. Read Dr Maslovskaya's staff profile to find out more about her work.
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in a social science or another subject where you can show evidence of a basic knowledge of quantitative analysis.
Non-graduate qualifications such as the Graduate Diploma of the Royal Statistical Society will also be considered.
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
On this full-time course you'll study for a full 12 months.
You’ll study the taught part of the course from October to June (semesters 1 and 2). This is made up of modules that everyone on the course studies and modules that we’ll ask you to choose from a range of options.
Exams will take place at the end of both semesters.
During the final 3 months of the course, from July to September, you’ll research and write your dissertation. You’ll be supported by your tutor throughout this process.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
The learning activities for this course include the following:
- lectures and seminars
- group work
- project work
- independent learning (studying on your own)
We’ll assess you through:
- critical reviews
- oral presentations
- statistical reports
- a dissertation
You’ll start your supervised research in June and submit a 15,000-word dissertation in September. This will be on a subject of your choice, to be agreed with your tutor.
The dissertation is a chance for you to develop your research skills and show in-depth knowledge of a chosen topic.
Dissertations are usually an analysis of social science data or an examination of a statistical technique.
Past topics include:
- multilevel analysis of child survival in Lesotho
- determinants of poverty in St Vincent and the Grenadines
- child nutrition in Central Asia and Eastern Europe
- the effect of family background on educational achievement
We'll assign you a personal academic tutor, and you'll have access to a senior tutor.
After graduating from this master’s course, you’ll be ideally placed for a career as a social researcher in government, national and international organisations, or the private sector.
You’ll also be in a great position to continue your studies at PhD level.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £18,812.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000