Social Research - Applied Social Research

Trinity College Dublin

Social Research - Applied Social Research

Using a combination of lectures, workshops and practical assignments, this M.Sc. programme trains graduates to:

- Design and conduct primary social research using both quantitative and qualitative research methods;

- Analyse the research data collected using a variety of computer programmes and;

- Write and present research findings to a variety of audiences.

Initiated in 1997, the M.Sc. in Applied Social Research has established an excellent reputation in training students in applied research skills. Graduates of the M.Sc. in Applied Social Research typically gain employment in research institutes or consultancies, government departments, semi-state agencies, the NGO sector, and in a range of policy environments. Others go on to complete further post-graduate study.

Subjects taught

The M.Sc. programme consists of three integrated modules: Qualitative Research Methods, Quantitative Research Methods and Research Ethics, and Research Design, Evaluation Research, and Accessing Resources. Students also complete an eight-week Work Placement where they get the opportunity to work alongside experienced researchers/research teams within their host institutions. Students already in relevant employment can complete their work placement in that setting. Exemptions from the work placement may be granted at the discretion of the Course Director in exceptional cases.

A 20,000 word research dissertation is submitted by all students at the end of August (of Year 1 for full-time students). This applied research project is initiated following the completion of all course assignments.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Applicants should normally have an upper second-class honours degree in one of the Social Sciences. Applications from graduates in other disciplines (e.g. health sciences, business studies, economics, marketing, history etc) who have relevant experience will be considered.

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Students will be required to undergo Garda Vetting, see for further details

Application dates

Closing Date: 31st July 2023


1 year full-time/2 years part-time

Enrolment dates

Next Intake September 2020

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Career Opportunities
Researchers and data analysts are in high demand in all areas of employment. There are excellent career opportunities, both in Ireland and abroad, for scientists and social scientists with both quantitative and qualitative research skills. The research and data analysis skills taught on this course have application in a wide range of areas, including scientific and health research, social work, education, child and youth studies, migration research, ageing and life course research, gender studies, marketing, management science, economics, psychology and sociology.

Our recent MSc graduates work in diverse areas such as public health, social science and market research, social policy, and statistics. A large number are employed in university-based departments and research institutes, Government departments, statutory organisations, the NGO sector, and private research consultancies. Many of our graduates have gone on to study for PhDs.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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