Applied Social Science

University of the West of Scotland


Paisley Campus


The MSc provides you with applied and transferable social science research skills to better understand the complexities of society, the role of multiple organisations (‘actors’) in governance systems, and discipline-specific expertise.

The programme is interdisciplinary and employability is a major theme of the MSc subject pathways so as to equip you with key applied skills for the graduate job market. Intensive workshops are delivered primarily by academic experts, with input from practitioners and non-academic specialists.

You can study for the MSc in Applied Social Science, by choosing optional modules across pathways, or opt for a specialist named degree, as follows:

Civil Society and Public Affairs: Provides students with an advanced understanding of the relationship between civil society, the institutions of multi-level governance and the policymaking environment.

Criminal Justice and Community Practice: Students gain the skills and understanding of criminal justice and youth violence to research and navigate the causes of crime and strategies for tackling criminal activity.

Global Social Work and Social Policy: Provides students with opportunities to engage with the most innovative social work and social policy throughout the world.

Applied Psychology: Provides students with the skills to research and examine human behaviour in various social settings i.e. education, healthcare and the workplace.

You can exit after 18 months with PgDip Applied Social Science

Entry Requirements

You should hold a relevant Honours degree (any social science; medicine; health; law; or social work at 2:2 or above).

Start Date

September, January


Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

2 years


School of Education and Social Sciences


Social Sciences

SCQF Level