Birkbeck, University of London
Key Course Facts
Our MSc/PgDip/PgCert Social Research is an interdisciplinary social science training programme designed to prepare you for further research in the workplace (or for MPhil/PhD study if you take the MSc).
The course covers ontology, epistemology, quantitative and qualitative techniques, and advanced methods masterclasses. You also carry out an independent dissertation, putting into practice the methods and theoretical concepts you have been taught.
The MSc provides a particularly strong environment for theoretically informed, interdisciplinary and socially engaged research.
Rigorous training in a range of contemporary social research methods.
Excellent foundation for doctoral social research (MSc only).
Interdisciplinary, theoretically informed and creative approach to research.
In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), Politics at Birkbeck was ranked 17th in the UK.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
- Mphil / PhD
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Social Research, PgDip, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.
At least a second-class honours degree (2:2) in a relevant social science subject and/or relevant work or other (for example, voluntary) experience. Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.
Tuition Fees Social Research PgDip
|England UK||£4515||year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£4515||year 1|
Additional fee information
Average student cost of living in London
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
Positions of Birkbeck, University of London in top UK and global rankings.
About Birkbeck, University of London
Birkbeck, University of London (BBK) was established in 1823, and takes a different stance towards admissions than many other universities. Applicants are encouraged by BKK to apply even if they don’t possess the traditional qualifications normally required, as applications here are also considered based on an assessment of your knowledge on the subject, and any work experience you might have. Being located in the very centre of London, students will have all the advantages of the city’s public transport connections, as well as the chance to live in such a diverse and vibrant city with all that it offers.
Student composition of Birkbeck, University of London
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Social Studies CertHE||University of Wales||76%||5%||3%||£9000||£13500||101||Cardiff||On campus Full-time|
|Health and Psychosocial Studies CertHE||Colchester Institute||76%||5%||3%||£8250||£8250||101||Colchester||On campus Full-time|
|Methods of Social Research PgCert||University of Kent||76%||5%||3%||£3080||£6900||101||Canterbury||On campus Full-time|
|Social Research PgDip||Birkbeck, University of London||76%||5%||3%||£6020||£10920||101||London||On campus Full-time|
|Social Research Methods and Statistics PgDip||The University of Manchester||76%||5%||3%||£4334||£8000||101||Manchester||On campus Part-time|
|Secondary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGCE: Citizenship with Social Science PGCE||Kingston University||76%||5%||3%||£9250||-||101||Kingston upon Thames||On campus Full-time|
|Foundation Year in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences CertHE||University of Cambridge||76%||5%||3%||-||-||101||Cambridge||On campus Full-time|
|Social Research (Social Policy) PgDip||University of Birmingham||76%||5%||3%||-||-||101||Birmingham||On campus Full-time|
|Social Research (Local Government and Public Policy) PgDip||University of Birmingham||76%||5%||3%||-||-||101||Birmingham||On campus Part-time|
|Social Research MSc||The University of Edinburgh||76%||5%||3%||-||-||101||Edinburgh||On campus Full-time|