Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world

Social research programmes

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Our social research programmes provide skills in critical thinking, data collection, statistical analysis and how to present key findings


Social research is the scientific study of society. As a social researcher you use your skills to design and manage research projects using quantitative and qualitative methods. You need to be able to apply a range of research techniques to gather information, analyse and evaluate your data and finally present the findings in a report. Some of the skills required are strong analytical ability, knowledge of quantitative methodologies, report writing and project management.

On our BSc Social Sciences programme you acquire the tools to analyse key issues such as social class, poverty, health, crime, urban change and identity.

Our quantitative research pathways allow you to combine your studies in sociology, social policy or criminology with a thorough grounding in data analysis and quantitative research. This gives you both a powerful set of tools with which to understand the social world, and an invaluable transferable skillset in high demand by employers across a range of sectors.

At postgraduate level we offer the taught MA Methods of Social Research, which focuses on developing practical skills in data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and in the presentation of findings. We also offer a two year Master's in Methods of Social Research aimed at international students.



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SSPSSR, Faculty of Social Sciences, Cornwallis North East, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NF

Last Updated: 09/01/2018