MRes Science and Technology Studies

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years
Discipline
  • Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September

Overview

The programme will give you a broad-based knowledge of the use of research methods in the social sciences, as well as core research training in social scientific philosophy and methodology within a contemporary sociology context. It will develop your understanding of the origins, history and development of Science and Technology Studies as a discipline and its theoretical underpinnings. It will equip you with the skills to go on to doctoral research or to pursue a career as a professional researcher.

This programme also forms part of the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre – a hub of world-class social sciences research.

Programme structure

This research training Master's programme is studied over 12 months (full time) or 24 months (part time) and is university-based throughout that period.

The programme comprises 180 credits in total: taught modules worth 120 credits and a supervised dissertation worth 60 credits. Teaching takes place over two terms (October to May), followed by completion of the dissertation over the summer (June to September). The syllabus consists of five compulsory research training modules that provide generic and specific research training, one specialist option, and a dissertation module:

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
SOCM904Dissertation 60
SOCM020Research Methods in the Social Sciences 30
SOCM002APhilosophy of the Social Sciences 1 15
POLM809Applied Quantitative Data Analysis 15
SOCM950Science Technology and Society 30

Optional modules

One from the following options, chosen with the guidance of the programme director:

CodeModuleCredits
SOCM016Cultures of the Life Sciences 30
SOCM007Knowledge & History: Theories of Scientific Change 30
SOCM945Philosophy of Science 30

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Teaching takes place over the first two terms, leaving the third for your dissertation. Research-centred teaching is at the heart of the programme. Teaching is done in small seminar groups to allow students the best possible interaction with academic staff, through individual presentations and round table discussions of common readings.

Students have the opportunity to engage in a serious piece of research into a topic of their choosing through the dissertation module. You will be assessed through coursework which will vary depending on the modules you choose and the completion of a dissertation.

Careers

In addition to the specialist knowledge you will gain during your programme, you will also develop transferrable skills valued by employers such as:

  • researching, analysing and assessing sources of information
  • written and verbal communication skills
  • managing and interpreting information
  • developing ideas and arguments

The College's Employability Officer works with our central Career Zone team to give you access to a wealth of business contacts, support and training, as well as the opportunity to meet potential employers at our regular Careers Fairs.

Graduate destinations

Job titleOrganisation
Lecturer London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Research Fellow The University of Manchester
Consultant Nigerdelta University Wilberforce Island, Amassoma
Research Associate  

Entry requirements 2016

Normally a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a discipline related to the programme.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2016/17

  • UK/EU: £6,900 full-time; £3,450 part-time
  • International: £15,950 full-time

Funding

Find out about funding opportunities available to students on our taught Masters programmes.

University funding

The Scholarships, Bursaries and Studentships website has information on all available options for funding open to prospective students of taught Masters programmes. You can also use the searchable database of all Scholarships and Bursaries to find funding for which you are eligible.

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

Contact us

Please contact us if you would like more information about any of our programmes or activities, or if you would like to arrange to come and see us.

College of Social Science and International Studies
Phone: +44 (0) 1392 723192
Email: ssis-admissions@exeter.ac.uk