This MA by Research degree provides an opportunity to develop advanced and specific knowledge in a particular field of study. You will have the freedom and flexibility to choose and develop your own subject area and the opportunity to enhance your research and project management skills.
The postgraduate research team within the School of Health and Social Care are committed to providing the best possible experience for their students. You will have the chance to work alongside experienced academics who will guide you through the research process and support you with your personal and professional development in order to maximise your career opportunities on graduation.
You will have opportunities to meet with and discuss your project with other research students both within the school and across the university. There are regular opportunities to attend research seminars hosted by the research groups within the School and College. The School also has close ties with the University’s central Doctoral School who provide a wealth of training opportunities for all research students and the opportunity to present your work at their annual research showcase.
Research Areas, Projects & Topics
We are open to discussion about research ideas in all areas of health and social care and will endeavour to support prospective students wherever we can reasonably do so in terms of supervision capacity and expertise.
Below are some of the research areas where members of the team have particular expertise and would be happy to take on new students:
- Health and Social Care leadership and management
- Organisational development
- Health in the criminal justice system
- Safeguarding children and adults
- Learning disabilities
- Human rights
- Migrant children and their families
- Patient dignity
- Diversity and cultural issues
- Youth, social inclusion and marginalisation
- Social work and social care services for children and families
How You Study
As this is a research degree there is no formal taught content on the programme. You will work with a carefully selected supervision team who will support you to develop your subject and research methods knowledge and to execute your research project.
Full-time students are expected to meet with their supervisors at least 12 times in a calendar year (six times for part-time students). The length and frequency of your supervision meetings will depend on your existing research experience; the preferred approach of you and your supervisor and your stage of the study. In between supervision meetings students are expected to study independently. As a research student, you will need to be self-motivated and able to use your initiative to identify and address your learning needs.
How You Are Assessed
This programme is assessed by the submission of a written thesis (maximum 25,000 words), and normally an oral examination (viva voce). You will be examined by two examiners, one internal and one external to the University. Following the oral examination, it may be necessary to undertake some amendments to your thesis in order to completely satisfy the criteria for the award.
A minimum 2:1 honours degree in a related subject.
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