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Programme structure: Social Science Research Methods (Management) (MSc) - what's running in 2020/21

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences SOCIM0011 20 Mandatory TB-1,TB-2
Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences SOCIM0012 20 Mandatory TB-1
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences SOCIM0013 20 Mandatory TB-1
Researching Organisations, Institutions and Management EFIMM0045 20 Mandatory TB-2
Dissertation (MSc SSRM) EFIMM0085 60 Mandatory AYEAR
Select 20 credit points from:
Advanced Qualitative Research SOCIM3132 20 Optional TB-2
Advanced Quantitative Research SOCIM3133 20 Optional TB-2
Plus 20 credit points from:
Care, Labour and Gender SOCIM0004 20 Optional TB-2
Interpreting Gender SOCIM3103 20 Optional TB-2
Climate Change and International Security POLIM0004 20 Optional TB-2
Global Justice POLIM0005 20 Optional TB-2
The Politics of Insecurity POLIM0020 20 Optional TB-2
Global Civil Society POLIM0022 20 Optional TB-2
China's International Relations POLIM0023 20 Optional TB-2
Japan and East Asia: Socio-Economic Development POLIM0027 20 Optional TB-2
The Politics of (Un)sustainability POLIM0028 20 Optional TB-2
Conflict, Security and Development POLIM1007 20 Optional TB-1,TB-2
Sustainability and Social Impact in Marketing EFIMM0056 20 Optional TB-2
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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.

** For the award of Distinction, the Faculty of Engineering requires at least 70 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation.

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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