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Postgraduate Studies

Our postgraduate Social Research Methods and Master of Data Science programmes will quip you to gather and understand big data and real-world evidence, enabling you to design effective methods to tackle societal, health, climate and economic problems.
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Postgraduate Studies

We are delighted to be able to inform you that the new MARM curriculum we have been working on for the past year has now begun with the 2021-22 cohort of students. At the heart of our plans for MARM, is a desire to foster a positive cross-disciplinary culture and identity for our MARM students. We want students from all departments to have a shared understanding of why reaching beyond discipline boundaries is so important; perhaps in the simplest form, our programmes encourage students to engage with each other outside of their home department.

Masters and PGCert Social Research Methods

Here at Durham, we offer a suite of postgraduate methods programmes, all underpinned by social science research.  Students can choose to study their postgraduate degree in the Department of Anthropology,  School of EducationDepartment of GeographySchool of Government and International AffairsDepartment of HistoryDepartment of Sociology or the Department of Psychology. The programmes all share a core framework of advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods modules, coordinated by the Durham Research Methods Centre and delivered across Departments. This means that our students are exposed to different learning environments, across the university and will engage with peers from outside of the immediate discipline of study. Here at Durham, we aim to equip students to value understanding and application of social research methods through an interdisciplinary lens -  to have a shared understanding of why reaching beyond discipline boundaries is important in tackling societal challenges.

Many of our programmes are accredited by the ESRC and can be taken as a standalone postgraduate programme, or as part of an ESRC Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership (NINE DTP) integrated postgraduate taught and research route (usually 1+3 or 3.5 years). We offer flexible provision that can be studied full-time over one-year, or part-time over two-years. Our courses are designed to be accessible to a wide range of people. This means that we provide an accessible route for those with limited knowledge and skills in quantitative or qualitative research methods, and also provide a framework for those with existing knowledge and skills to study alternative advanced modules. We also welcome applications from those working in professional organisations, charities, government and civil service etc..

Please visit the relevant Department page to find out more about the individual courses, application process and entry requirements.

MA Social Research Methods L3KB07

MA Research Methods: Anthropology L6K307

MA Research Methods (Education) X1K107

MA Geography (Research Methods) L8K507

MA Social and Economic History (Research Methods) V1KB07

MA Research Methods (Politics, International Relations, Security) L2KA07

MA Research Methods (Developmental Psychology) C8K107

MA Research Methods (Behavioural Sciences) C8K507

Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods L3KE14


Master of Data Science (MDS) Programmes

We look forward to welcoming the first cohort of students for the MDS (Social Analytics) and the MDS (Health) in October 2021. Following our interdisciplinary approach, students will receive advanced computational training in addition to specialisation in social sciences or health.

Master of Data Science (Health)

Master of Data Science (Social Analytics)

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Our research

Find out more about our research projects in the Research Methods Centre

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