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Postgraduate taught

MRes Social Research

UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2021
Contact

Professor Mike Michael
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Phone: 
0300 555 6060 (UK)  
+44 (0)1392 723192 (non-UK)

Entry requirements

2:1 Honours degree

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Sociology

Overview

  • Gain a broad-based knowledge of the use of research methods in the social sciences
  • You’ll receive core research training in social scientific philosophy and methodology within a contemporary sociology context
  • This programme forms part of the ESRC SWDTP – a hub of world-class social sciences research
  • Our array of optional modules enables you to tailor your degree to your personal research interests and career ambitions

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Ranked 9th in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework when intensity (100%) and 4* and 3* grades are taken into account

Top 10 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

Top 10 in the Guardian League Table 2020

 

Funding opportunities available through ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre – a hub of world-class social sciences research

 

Entry requirements

We are looking for graduates with a 2:1 or above in sociology, anthropology, statistics, data or maths. While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criterion, if your first degree is in a different discipline, you have a high 2:2 or equivalent, are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application.

All applicants should provide a personal statement explaining their interest in the programme and how it fits with their earlier studies.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
  • Pearson

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

We’ll provide you with core research training in social scientific philosophy and methodology within a contemporary sociology context as well as ensuring you gain a broad-based knowledge of the use of research methods in the social sciences.

Our core modules will teach you how to select the appropriate research methods, how to avoid common problems at the data collection stage as well as how to conduct high quality analyses. You’ll examine key philosophical questions of ontology, epistemology and value. We will also support you in improving your quantitative skills ready for carrying out your own research projects.

You’ll also chose from a range of optional modules covering fields such as representation of animality; mind, body and world; social theory, gender at work and data visualisation.

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.

Fees

2021/22 entry

UK fees per year:

£8,300 full-time; £4,150 part-time

International fees per year:

£18,600 full-time

 

Scholarships

The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.

Teaching and research

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

Employer-valued skills

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

Career support

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.