Developing Your Data Skills at the University of Stirling

Posted on 22 July 2016 | Alasdair Rutherford

Three free part-time MSc places (100% of course fees) available to prospective students who hold a formal appointment within a registered Scottish charity and have an interest in undertaking research studying Scotland’s ‘Civil Society’ or ‘Third Sector’  organisations 



The University of Stirling runs an MSc programme route in ‘Social Statistics and Social Research’ which is affiliated with the MSc/MRes programme Applied Social Research. Taught within the Faculty of Social Sciences, the MSc Social Statistics and Social Research offers students advanced training on cutting edge issues in statistical analysis for social research, as well as flexible opportunities for studying other modules in social research. See link for course description:

As part of ESRC funded investment in research capacity in the third sector, the Scottish Civil Society Data Partnership project, see , in collaboration with the University of Stirling, is offering three fully funded part time MSc places to prospective students who are affiliated with a third sector organisation in Scotland and who are interested in research on the third sector. 


Application process

If you are interested in this opportunity we wuld strongly suggest that you get in touch to have an informal chat about it.  You can contact Dr Alasdair Rutherford at or on (01786) 466409.

If you wish to be considered for this fee waiver opportunity please write an application letter of no more than two pages that describes your interest in the programme, gives details of your current academic qualifications and other relevant experiences, and explains what you would gain from undertaking the MSc Social Statistics and Social Research. Application letters should be sent to Dr Alasdair Rutherford at no later than Monday 8th August 2016. Shortlisted candidates for the waiver may be invited to interview or online interview in the weeks following the deadline.