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Programme structure: Social Science Research Methods (Sociology) (MSc) - what's running in 2018/19

Please note: It is possible that the information shown for future academic years may change due to developments in the relevant academic field. Optional unit availability varies depending on both staffing and student choice.

SOCIOLOGY PATHWAY

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences SOCIM0013 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences SOCIM0011 20 Mandatory
Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences SOCIM0012 20 Mandatory
Dissertation SOCIM1000 60 Mandatory
At least ONE from the following list:
Advanced Quantitative Research SOCIM3133 20 Optional
Advanced Qualitative Research SOCIM3132 20 Optional
Plus TWO 20 credit units from the list of Sociology optional units:
Interpreting Gender SOCIM3103 20 Optional
Care, Labour and Gender SOCIM0004 20 Optional
Religion, Ethnicity and Value Change SOCIM0010 20 Optional
Contemporary Sociological Theory SOCIM3101 20 Optional
Theories of Ethnicity and Racism SOCIM3107 20 Optional
Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences SOCIM0011 20 Mandatory
Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences SOCIM0012 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences SOCIM0013 20 Mandatory
Understanding Culture SOCIM0014 20 Optional
Contemporary Identities and Inequalities SOCIM0015 20 Optional
Advanced Qualitative Research SOCIM3132 20 Optional
Advanced Quantitative Research SOCIM3133 20 Optional
Mind, body, spirit? Critical approaches to contemporary belief SOCIM0022 20 Optional
Gender, Family and Migration SOCIM0023 20 Optional
Researching Organisations, Institutions and Management EFIMM0045 20 Optional
Research for a Sustainable Society EFIMM0044 20 Optional
MSc Social Science Research Methods (Sociology)   180  

Progression/award requirements

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds. An exit award with Merit or Distinction may be permitted where students are prevented by exceptional circumstances from completing the intended award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

* The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

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