Methodology is the cornerstone of research in the social sciences. Social science data analysis aims at testing theories and allowing researchers to make correct and reliable inferences. The Essex Summer School in Social Science data analysis offers an MA in Social Science Data Analysis that allows students to acquire all relevant research methods in the social sciences and to master their own research at the highest level of proficiency. The MA covers all aspects of modern social science data analysis. The MA is only available for students via Summer School courses. To receive a Masters in Social Science Data Analysis students have to pass 4 exams and an MA dissertation within a period of max. 3 years. At least 2 of the courses have to be advanced and at least 3 of the courses have to be either intermediate or advanced. 2 single course exams that have been passed in the year 2015 can be counted towards the MA.

This M.A. consists of the following modules:

a) a maximum of one introductory course offered by the Summer School
b) a maximum of one intermediate course offered by the Summer School
c) a minimum of two advanced courses offered by the Summer School
d) a supervised M.A. dissertation.

Please see the appendix A for qualifying courses. All courses require a single course exam. The pass mark is 50. The M.A. dissertation will be in the format of a publishable article. The Summer School will provide a supervisor.

For students registering in the academic year 2015/16 the price for the MA will be £7250. This includes 4 courses with exams, M.A dissertation supervision by email/skype, as well as one additional free course upon request and subject to availability.

For additional questions, see the FAQ section (Appendix B) .

An application is required – please e-mail Melanie Sawers to request one