Save this page
Save this page

My Saved Pages

  • Saved page.

My Saved Courses

  • Saved page.
Reset

Recently visited

  • Saved page.
Three adults sitting on couches

MScSocial Work (Research Methods)

Why this course?

Social Work (Research Methods) offers students with an interest in social work research the opportunity to learn about key issues in this area while they develop the skills required to carry out their own research, at an advanced level.

The course is fully compliant with ESRC training requirements for postgraduate research and is an attractive option for those considering doctoral level study.

The course offers an attractive Masters qualification and individual modules will offer a Continued Professional Development option for social work practitioners who wish to critically evaluate their own practice. A social work qualification is not necessary to take this programme. Students will benefit from a vibrant learning environment that draws on a range of professional expertise.

What you'll study

The programme is offered on a full time (12 months) and part time (24 months basis) and students will complete six modules and a dissertation. The first three modules are offered on a faculty wide basis, hence students will benefit from a multi-disciplinary approach and will share learning with students from a range of backgrounds.

Major projects

Students will complete a 12,000-word dissertation in an area of their choice that relates to social work research. Assessments in other modules will prepare students to undertake the dissertation by requiring them to think in-depth about a range of methodological and ethical issues.

Students will be matched with a supervisor who has expertise in their chosen area. Supervisors will support students to develop a range of strategic links across relevant organisations including government departments, local authorities and third sector organisations.

Guest lectures

This course is taught by staff with expertise in undertaking social work research with a range of service user groups including children and families, those with mental health problems and learning disabilities and criminal justice service users. Guest lectures will be given by 'users' of social work research including policy makers, service managers, social workers and people who use social work services.

Course content

Perspectives on social research

This module will provide students with the philosophical underpinning of research methods practice in social science. It'll provide students with an understanding of social research from a range of different perspectives, considering how these perspectives inform the design of different research projects.

Qualitative methods

This module provides students with an introduction to a range of qualitative research methods, exploring the rationale for the use of these methods as well as the practical skills to use these methods effectively. This will include the examination of a wide variety of approaches, including case studies, ethnographies, historical research, and discourse analysis.

Quantitative methods

This module introduces the use of quantitative methods in social research. The module will ground students in the language of research methods and will introduce two types of quantitative data: official statistics and survey responses and their uses. It will also provide students with a statistical foundation to build on.

The context of social work research

This module will encourage students to consider the diverse contexts within which social work research takes place. Drawing on local, national and international perspectives the module will help students to critically analyse different models of social work delivery and practice, identifying current political and social developments that have impacted on these.

The use of evidence in social work research

This module will encourage students to critically analyse different forms of evidence and their use within social work research and evidence-informed practice. The module will introduce students to different types of social work knowledge (organisational knowledge, practitioner knowledge, user and carer knowledge, research knowledge, and policy knowledge). The module will also introduce students to hierarchies of research evidence, the contested nature of evidence, and consider its place within social work research and evidence-informed practice.

Evaluation & policy research

This module will consider the concept of evaluation considering the factors that influence evaluation research including the requirements of funders and the views of powerful interest and lobbying groups. Students will be introduced to outcomes and will be supported to understand how these are defined and measured, considering the associated challenges with this.

Learning & teaching

The course will be delivered primarily using a lecture and workshop format. Where relevant, there will also be a range of field trips to visit key stakeholders in social work research.

Assessment

Each module will be assessed using a range of methods including essays, case studies and projects. Assignments are tailored to allow students to develop expertise around particular areas of interest. Assignments will allow students to develop knowledge that will contribute directly to their 12,000-word dissertation.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate honours degree in a social science or related subject with a classification of at least 2:1 (Second Class Upper) or overseas equivalent.

English language

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visa and Immigrations (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.

If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Visa and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Fees & funding

2018/19

Scotland/EU

  • £6,250

Rest of UK

  • £6,250

International

  • £14,050

How can I fund my course?

Check our Scholarship Search for more help with fees and funding.

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students starting in 2017 may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England can apply for Postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Wales can apply for support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland can apply for support from Student Finance NI. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

Graduates with a Masters degree in Social Work (Research Methods) will be able to choose between two distinct career paths:

  • a career in senior management within a local authority or other social work organisation including within policy and planning divisions of these organisations
  • a career in social research within research organisations, charities, pressure/ lobbying groups, independent or third sector organisations, academic research, central and local government

Given that this programme fulfils ESRC training requirements for subject specific research training, it is also likely that many graduates will use this qualification as a platform to PhD study.

Contact us

Apply

Social Work (Research Methods)

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Social Work (Research Methods)

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

Discover more about Strathclyde