Our flexible Master of Research degree provides you with the core skills you need to carry out robust social research, with the opportunity to choose your own areas of specialism.
You’ll gain the contemporary knowledge you need to collect, analyse and report qualitative and quantitative data, understand social behaviour and critically examine the theoretical foundations that underpin social scientific research. The course also offers a wide range of optional modules to choose from – refining your research abilities in the areas you’re most passionate about.
Through your studies, you’ll open up a wealth of opportunities in social research-related careers or pave the way to conducting a PhD. The opportunities after graduating are as diverse as your interests, and fully funded places are available on the course through the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which has approved our MRes Applied Social Research as meeting its rigorous requirements for postgraduate research training.
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The objective of our MRes Applied Social Research is to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to collect, analyse and report qualitative and quantitative data, taking account of ethics, reliability and validity. Your studies will enable you to:
- critically examine the theoretical foundations that underpin social scientific research
- examine issues concerning comparative social research
- develop your understanding of the relationship between research and policy, and the meanings of evaluation, its terminology, practice and use
- tailor your programme with a choice of further research-based modules
The course is recognised as research training by the ESRC for those who are studying or going on to study for a PhD (+3) or (1+3). Find out more about ESRC funding eligibility.
The MRes/Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Research comprises four compulsory taught core modules, plus two other optional modules, and (for the MRes) a dissertation.
- Full-time: One year, four/five modules per semester
- Part-time: Two and a half years, two modules per semester
Teaching methods are designed for each module to help you develop new skills and make continuous progress. You’re expected to participate in lectures, seminars, tutorials, computer-based workshops and group work.
Whether you’re a full-time or part-time MRes/Diploma student, you’ll experience a range of different forms of assessment across the taught modules. These include essays, critical review essays, book reviews, research proposals, presentations, a computer lab-based assessment for quantitative data analysis and the research dissertation. There are no examinations.
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Fees - 2018/2019
- Overseas £13,650
- Home/EU £4,700
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Last updated May 24, 2018