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MSc/Diploma in Social Science Research Methods

Mae’r dudalen hon ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig am nad ydyw wedi'i chyfieithu i'r Gymraeg.

Os ydych o’r farn y dylai cyfieithu’r dudalen hon fod yn flaenoriaeth, cysylltwch â a chopïo cyfeiriad y dudalen yn eich neges.

How to Apply

Admission Requirements

Applicants should normally have a 2:1 degree or above or an equivalent qualification. Alternatively, they may be considered for admission if they are able to demonstrate that they have held, for a minimum period of two years, a position of responsibility relevant to the programme, or, in exceptional circumstances, be able to demonstrate equivalent skills that are sufficient to meet the demands of the programme.

Where English is not the applicants first language we do require an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or the TOEFL internet based test (iBT):

  • Overall score = 90
  • Writing – 21
  • Reading – 22
  • Listening – 21
  • Speaking – 23


An application can be made online using the SIMS: Online Application Service, further guidance and downloadable forms are available on our Applying pages.

Potential applicants must produce an initial outline description of their intended research topic (typically 500 words, 1 A4 Page) which will form the basis for assessing the application, together with the completed application form and references. The research proposal will also be the means by which applicants are paired with potential supervisors. It is important that your writing is clear and concise, and you use size 12 font.

This can be submitted with the application form or directly to the SSRM Office, Sample Research proposals are available from the SSRM Office.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis throughout the academic year but due the popularity of the course, places fill up quickly.  Prospective students are advised to submit their application in the spring.

Key facts

Programme Director:
Dr Amanda Robinson

Length of course:
Full-time 12 months
Part-time 27 months

The MSc/Diploma in Social Science Research Methods is managed by the SSRM Office in the School of Social Sciences (SOCSI).


"The practical research skills that I have developed feed directly into my current employment, improving my efficiency of data collection and the rigour of my research practices."

Researcher at the National Assembly for Wales, more student views

Programme Links

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MSc/Diploma in Social Science Research Methods (SSRM)

Contact the SSRM Office

  • SSRM Office
     Room 0.16
     Glamorgan Building
     King Edward VII Avenue
     Cardiff CF10 3WT
  • The SSRM Office is open 9am - 4:30pm
  • Tel: +44 (0)29 2087 5178
  • Tel: +44 (0)29 2087 0284