The University of Stirling

Applied Social Research (Social Statistics and Social Research)

Stirling Campus
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Rank: 45 (The Complete University Guide)

Location: Stirling Campus


Study mode full-time

Degree: Masters

Start Date: 2022/02/01

Duration: 12 months


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Social statistics and social research provide policymakers, academics and others with valuable insights into the behaviour of people. This Masters course will give you an understanding of social research, with a particular focus on quantitative methods and social statistics.You'll learn about social research methods and the theories behind them, while undertaking detailed training on a wide range of statistical methods. You'll also gain a thorough knowledge of statistical software and learn a range of highly sought-after technical skills, including accessing, preparing, analysing and summarising complex quantitative datasets.To meet the demands of our dynamic technological environment, you can also choose advanced modules in data management and important emerging areas such as big data and social network analysis.


Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. A willingness to learn advanced statistical methods is more important than a strong background in the area. Basic experience of a statistical software, such as SPSS, Stata, R or Excel is useful but not essential.

Language qualifications

IELTS: 6.0

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About this university

International students

Around 20% of students come from outside the UK and there are some 100 nationalities represented. Therefore, the international department has a wealth of information to help students before they arrive at the university and once they are there. This includes matters such as visas and immigrating advice, help with English language skills and accommodation. There is country specific information available on the website. There are also various clubs and societies that may of interest to international students organised through the students union as well as help and guidance for integrating with their new community. The university also operates an INTO partnership that helps with preparation courses and English language programs to assist in acclimatising to their new home and getting the most from their studies. The Student Union at the university was named the best in Scotland and is based in the Robbins Centre on campus. It provides entertainment, welfare and information services as well as representing their interests. It is responsible for some 40 different clubs and societies as well as another 40 sports clubs. These include student run media including a newspaper, radio and television station. The university is noted for its sports facilities including its own 9 hole golf course and driving range. It is one of only 16 universities in the country to receive a 5-star rating for its sports facilities. The Gannochy National Tennis Centre is a nationally recognised centre of excellence while there is a 50-metre swimming pool, fitness centre, sports halls as well as squash and badminton courts. Falkirk FC have a football academy on campus while Stirling University Rugby Football Club are also based there.

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