Sampling methods - questionnaire design - management of the survey process - methods for analysing survey data

MSc Survey Methods for Social Research

The MSc in Survey Methods for Social Research is run jointly by ISER and the Department of Sociology. This degree provides advanced postgraduate training in survey research methodology. It is aimed at students who would like to develop a career as social or market researchers as well as those who are already working in these fields and wish to undertake further professional development, or as a prelude to a postgraduate research degree. The course covers all of the key topics in survey research, including sampling methods, questionnaire design, the management of the survey process and methods for analysing survey data. Students also choose an optional topic from a range of modules in Sociology or other social science discipline and complete a research dissertation.

This MSc is administered by the Sociology Department, further information for this degree can be found here:

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Application deadlines:

Applications are accepted throughout the year, however most students start in October. If you are aiming for an October start date, it is recommended that you apply by July 1st. Funders may dictate start dates, so please check the guidelines when applying.

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Colchester Campus


Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years


Home/EU: £8,340 (FT)
International: £17,900 (FT)


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