The MA Social Research Methods offers a one year training programme in social research. Durham University is recognised for its training pathways in Social Policy and Social Work as part of the Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership (NINEDTP) and completion of this programme provides the necessary training for students to progress onto funded Doctoral study for which places are available via an annual competitive process. This programme offers a core training in quantitative and qualitative methods combined with a range of options which explore core theories of Social Policy, Social Work, Sociology and Criminology and other specialist modules covering in greater depth specific aspects of social research.
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As a Psychology graduate, I wasn’t sure how I would fit in the world of sociological research at first. However, I was pleasantly surprised to meet students from a range of academic and professional backgrounds. I found the seminars and workshops highly engaging and interactive - I was particularly inspired by frequent talks from academics, both from and outside of Durham University, who joined our classes and shared their research interests and authentic experiences.
I’m glad I chose to study the MA Social Research Methods in Durham. The program was really good. It combined knowledge and theory of social work and was practice based. At the same time, I gained more knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods and how to conduct social research in modern society. The staff and teachers in the Department of Sociology were all helpful in both study and life. It has been such a memorable experience.
I only have positive things to say about my experience and definitely made the right decision to come to Durham! Academically, I’ve been really challenged, with lots of opportunities to study both qualitative and quantitative methods, as well as wider sociological theories. I’ve found the department to be so welcoming and friendly – every single lecturer I've encountered has been approachable and I’ve felt that the department really cares about our wellbeing, as well as academic development.