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This ESRC-accredited programme offers advanced conceptual and methodological training in social policy and analysis. The programme will enable you to develop the skills required to c onduct research in a variety of professional contexts but it also provides an excellent foundation for PhD studies. The programme offers a thorough grounding in the key issues and current applications of social policy through two of the core modules: - Key debates in social policy - The mixed economy of welfare delivery. On this programme, you will formulate research questions in specific research contexts, select and use appropriate methods of data collection and analysis, manipulate and critically evaluate key concepts and issues, and present results in a systematic way. You will also have the opportunity to investigate particular areas of interest in your two project modules and in your dissertation. You will also explore the social, political and ethical contexts in which research is framed and conducted. Aims and objectives The aims of this programme are to provide you with: - An in-depth understanding of key conceptual debates within social policy, and the role of cross-national and comparative perspectives - The capacity to evaluate competing explanatory frameworks within social policy - An understanding of the processes shaping the formulation and implementation of social policies, including the role of policy makers, welfare professionals and users in these processes - A knowledge of the techniques of data analysis utilised within the social sciences and their applications - A knowledge of the principal methods of qualitative research and an understanding of their application in different contexts - The ability to design and conduct independent research within the field of social policy, utilising appropriate research methodologies, and grounded within an understanding of the process of research management and ethical and legal issues associated with the conduct of social research Core modules: Key debates in social policy The mixed economy of welfare delivery The design and statistical analysis of surveys Qualitative methods Philosophy, methodology and research design Project 1 and Project 2 (to be chosen from a range of options). During Semester 1 and 2 all students are also required to participate in a series of half-day School workshops covering issues such as bibliographic skills, ethical and legal issues in research, writing and personal and career development. On successful completion of the taught modules, students carry out a piece of independent research to be written up as a 15,000-word dissertation. FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES Further information on our funding opportunities, including School master's scholarships, can be found at http:www.southampton.ac.uksocscifunding

This ESRC-accredited programme offers advanced conceptual and methodological training in social policy and analysis. The programme will enable you to develop the skills required to c onduct research in a variety of professional contexts but it also provides an excellent foundation for PhD studies. The programme offers a thorough grounding in the key issues and current applications of social...

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