MSc Applied Social Science

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Take your degree in Social Science to the next academic level and start on the path to a rewarding career by gaining specialised knowledge and a critical awareness of contemporary issues within social science.

Whether you are interested in psychology, criminology or social science, our flexible course enables you to build a masters programme to suit your career needs.

You select from a range of modules – from forensic psychology, research methods, to social science, sociology and criminology - which will enable you to build your CV relevant to the career you want to pursue.

Couple this with the opportunity to gain work experience in prisons alongside prisoners either in a learning or a mentoring capacity, get involved in real world research within the department and your employability in your chosen career will be significantly improved.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

You will be given the opportunity to develop key professional and research skills, while enhancing subject knowledge in your chosen modules. But, we don’t just teach you the academic knowledge, we help you consider how theory is put into practice and how it applies in the real world.

Due to our great links with regional and national organisations – from prisons to victim support charities and homeless organisations – you’ll have the opportunity to get career-enhancing voluntary work throughout your studies.

  • Your studies will be practical - through research, case studies and data collection
  • Opportunities to gain additional professional development and accredited qualifications alongside your course, in areas such as psychometrics
  • Taught by academic tutors with forensics, counselling and clinical backgrounds
  • Tutors carry-out pioneering research, which enhances your learning. Plus, it gives you the chance to take part in current research
  • Our excellent links with regional and national charities, not-for-profit and penal institutions offers great work experience and job prospects
  • We have a great reputation nationally for research methodology
  • You can get work experience in prisons and study alongside prisoners for real-life learning
  • Opportunity for you to learn alongside students from other psychology courses, enhancing your knowledge of other areas within psychology
  • Encouraged to publish your work in our in-house journal
  • Career guidance to help you select the appropriate modules for your needs

Our course is a great starting point for a wide range of careers and a good stepping stone to a PhD or a career in research. With the opportunity for plenty of real-world experience, you will have the practical experience that employers demand too.

You can enhance your studies further with a full range of extra-curricular activities, from our psychology film club, enrichment evening and daytime seminars led by local and national experts, to research participation and staff-student conference.

From your base in Carlisle, you’ll be within 30 minutes of Scotland in one direction and the stunning Lake District National Park – now a UNESCO World Heritage site ­-  in the other, so you’ll never be stuck for something to do.

The first-class academic and real-world experience you will gain from workplace opportunities on this course will be highly-desirable to future employers.

Graduate destinations

You'll be fully qualified to work in roles involving probation, children's workforce or research focused jobs in the government or private sector. You may also wish to study at PhD level in social science, criminology and psychology. The flexible nature of the course allows students to gain an MSc that suits their own specific career goals.

News and Events

Social work leaders visit Milan for European research project

Posted: 14 Mar 2019

Social work academics have gathered in Milan as part of an ongoing research project involving four countries across Europe. The research group involving a team from the University of Cumbria is exploring how prepared social work students are for placements and their future careers ahead of a European conference in April.

University to start new research into approaches for early diagnosis of cancer

Posted: 4 Feb 2019

The University of Cumbria is proud to announce that it is starting new research that will help to shape future national NHS cancer services. The university’s Health and Social Care Evaluations (HASCE) team has secured £50,000 from the Northern Cancer Alliance (NCA) for the nine-month ‘Vague Symptoms Pathways Research’ project. Academics will explore the implementation of several specialist multi-disciplinary diagnostic centres in northern England.

How to make a career change

Posted: 7 Jan 2019

So there’s something that you’re really passionate about and feel drawn towards turning into a career. A career change can be really tough and pretty daunting, however making that bold decision to take your life in a new direction in your 30’s, 40’s or even 50’s can be much easier than you think.

Postgraduate Open Evening - Psychology and Social Science

Thu 25 Apr 2019

There are many fantastic reasons to embark on one of our postgraduate courses, whether it’s to give yourself that extra advantage when applying for jobs, progress your current career or even if you just love your chosen subject and want to explore it further.

Campus Tour

Wed 1 May 2019

An opportunity to visit our Fusehill Street Campus.