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MSc Inequalities and Social Science(Part-Time)

Year 2

(Award available for year: Master of Arts)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to demonstrate:

- an advanced understanding of: social inequality, its patterning, character, causes and consequences; forms of resistance to social inequality; and policy responses to social inequality
- an understanding of the ways in which social inequality manifests across diverse communities at the national and global levels
- an appreciation of inter-disciplinary perspectives on complex inequalities, and of what it means for social scientists to practice intersectionality as a theoretical and methodological perspective/approach
- an understanding of key challenges in research in the field of social inequality including the development of approaches that resist the separation of the theoretical from the applied or the dominance of the theoretical over the applied
- a working knowledge of more general methodological perspectives and research methods within social sciences and advanced knowledge of and skills necessary to undertake ‘critical inquiry’ and ‘critical research’
- the ability to design and conduct their own research and to evaluate the research they encounter during the course of the programme and beyond
- the ability to work proactively and self-reflectively, and to develop professional relationships with others.

Transferable (key) skills

Masters (Taught), students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

- the skills necessary to undertake a higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity in industry or area of professional practice;
- evaluating their own achievement and that of others;
- self direction and effective decision making in complex and unpredictable situations;
- independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development;
- to engage critically in the development of professional/disciplinary boundaries and norms.


Achievement for the Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the programme and will involve the achievement of the students in:

- demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to a complex specialist area;
- drawing on a range of perspectives on an area of study, including their international and intersectional implications
- critically evaluating received opinion;
- make reasoned judgements and arguments whilst understanding their limitations.


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