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This MSc, run by the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, is specifically designed to provide 1+3 training for those intending to move directly to doctoral study in relevant disciplines and interdisciplinary areas. It can also be taken as a stand-alone one-year programme by those who wish to apply advanced research methodologies to an area of academic or policy interest without continuing to a doctorate. For more information, refer to Research training. Assessment Taught courses are variously assessed by term papers of 3,000-5,000 words or equivalent coursework portfolios. The research elective is assessed by a dissertation of 10,000 words. Structure Our MSc programme follows a standard model, in which you study the philosophical underpinnings of research, research design, research ethics, and both quantitative and qualitative methods. Following on from these core elements, you undertake a series of options on advanced research methods providing the key skills necessary for carrying out doctoral-level research. Throughout the year, you also undertake a research elective in your chosen discipline or interdisciplinary area, which comprises independent reading, attendance at research seminars, and regular individual supervisions with a dedicated member of academic faculty. Autumn term: you take courses in introductory quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as Philosophy of Science and Social Scientific Research Practice or a theoretical core course within your chosen discipline. Spring term: you take Research Design and Ethics and either three intermediate methods courses or one intermediate methods course and a subject-specific course. Intermediate methods courses include Action Research ? Comparative Method ? Discourse Analysis ? Ethnographic Methods ? Evidence for Policy and Practice ? Geographical Information Systems ? Participatory Methods ? Policy and Programme Evaluation Research. Summer term and vacation: you take a series of advanced methods options, offered in the form of short workshops, and undertake supervised work on a dissertation focused on research methods. This dissertation can be the full research outline for doctoral study.

This MSc, run by the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, is specifically designed to provide 1+3 training for those intending to move directly to doctoral study in relevant disciplines and interdisciplinary areas. It can also be taken as a stand-alone one-year programme by those who wish to apply advanced research methodologies to an area of academic or policy interest without continuing to a...

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