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This ESRC-accredited programme offers advanced conceptual and methodological training in sociological analysis. The programme will help you to develop the skills required to conduct research in a variety of professional contexts and it is an excellent foundation for PhD studies. The programme offers a thorough grounding in key issues within sociological theory and analysis, including temporary themes and debates, through two of the core modules: - Understanding modernity - Understanding social change Aims and objectives The aims of this programme are to provide you with: - An in-depth understanding of classical themes and contemporary debates within Sociology and of their application in the analysis of selected social issues - A knowledge of key issues within the philosophy of social sciences and an ability to apply these in the design and practice of social research - A knowledge of the principal methods of qualitative research and an understanding of their application in different contexts - A knowledge of the techniques of data analysis utilised within the social sciences and their application - The ability to design and conduct independent research within the field of sociology, 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 - The capacity to present ideas, arguments and research findings through different means of communication Core modules: Understanding modernity Understanding social change 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 sociological analysis. The programme will help you to develop the skills required to conduct research in a variety of professional contexts and it is an excellent foundation for PhD studies. The programme offers a thorough grounding in key issues within sociological theory and analysis, including temporary...

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