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Masters Degrees

ISER has four taught masters programmes, each run jointly with other departments within the University of Essex.

MA Longitudinal Social Research

(12 Months FT, 24 Months PT)

Run jointly by ISER and the Department of Sociology. This course provides advanced training in contemporary sociological theory, in current issues in applied sociology, and in the techniques of analysis of longitudinal and panel data. It provides the skills necessary to analyse sociological issues using appropriate data, and equips students for successful careers as professional sociologists in universities, government, commerce and industry.

MSc Applied Economics and Data Analysis

(12 months FT, 24 months PT)

Run jointly by ISER and the Department of Economics. This course provides advanced training in contemporary theory in current issues in applied economics, and in the techniques of data analysis, including analysis of longitudinal or panel data; it provides the skills necessary to analyse economic issues using appropriate data, and equips students for successful careers as professional economics in universities, government, commerce and industry.

MSc Research Methods in Health

(12 months FT, 24 months PT)

Run jointly by ISER and the School of Health and Human Sciences. This degree offers an opportunity to study research methods in relation to issues of health in an inter-disciplinary environment. The course offers a grounding and substantive introduction to the key methodological and theoretical components required to undertake health related research from a social scientific perspective. It combines quantitative and qualitative research perspectives from the areas of sociological research methods and the specific application of these research methods to the burgeoning health context (burgeoning in the sense of an ageing population and increased need for health care).It will be best suited for graduates who wish to pursue a career in health related research, or employment in health related governmental and non-governmental organisations, or to pursue further postgraduate study to doctoral level.

MSc Survey Methods for Social Research

(12 months FT, 24 months PT)

Run jointly by ISER and the Department of Sociology. MSc Survey Methods for Social Research 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.

You can apply to do a Masters and a PhD with funding. See how to apply for a 1+3 pathway on our info for applicants section.

Materials for masters courses taught by ISER staff may be found in our Study Resources section.