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MRes Social Science Research

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year September 2024
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Politics and International Relations
Typical offer

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2:1 Honours degree in a related subject from a recognised university.

Contextual offers


  • We’ll develop you into a fully trained and competent social science researcher who is able to understand and use a range of research techniques 
  • Our flexible programme allows you to pursue your intended subject or topic, preparing you for PhD or a career in research  
  • Forms part of the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Partnership – a hub of world-class social sciences research 
  • Our seminar series and highly successful annual postgraduate conference brings together researchers from across all humanities and social sciences disciplines 

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Programme Director: Prof Alexey Bessudnov

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

Employability focussed

Top 10 in the UK for Politics

9th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide

Top 10 in the UK for Sociology

9th in the Guardian University Guide 2024

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

Entry requirements

2:1 Honours degree in a related subject from a recognised university. While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criterion, if your first degree is in a different discipline, you are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application. 

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

Course content

This degree will empower you with a comprehensive toolkit to navigate the complexities of social research. You will refine your analytical skills, gaining proficiency in qualitative, quantitative, and digital research methodologies. We provide you with a deep understanding of the ethical considerations inherent in social research, fostering a sense of responsibility in your scholarly pursuits. You'll engage with real-world applications, honing your ability to contribute valuable insights to social issues. Additionally, collaborative learning environments and exposure to diverse research projects will cultivate your adaptability and critical thinking.  

As a graduate armed with advanced research methods, you'll emerge ready to drive positive change in various professional domains, equipped to conduct impactful, evidence-based analyses that address the multifaceted challenges of our interconnected world. 

The array of optional modules enables you to tailor your programme to your interests and career ambitions.  

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.


2024/25 entry

UK fees per year:

£11,500 full-time; £5,750 part-time

International fees per year:

£23,800 full-time; £11,900 part-time


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

Learning and Teaching

With the exception of the dissertation, each module on this programme is normally taught through academic lectures expanded through seminar discussion, presentations, group work, reading and essay assignments. 

Students have the opportunity to engage in a serious piece of research into a topic of their choosing through the dissertation module. Work on formulating a dissertation topic begins early in the academic year and you will have an individual supervisor for your dissertation. 


Students can take advantage of our seminar series and its long-running and highly successful annual postgraduate conference which brings together researchers from across all humanities and social sciences disciplines. 


Our MRes is designed to prepare you for a successful research career. You will develop research skills expertise by designing research projects, collecting and analysing data, and drawing meaningful conclusions, that are highly valued skills in various economic sectors, including academia, government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.  

The programme specifically emphasizes social research methods, providing you with a solid foundation in various research methodologies - employers often seek candidates with strong methodological skills, whether they are looking to conduct their research or evaluate existing research.  

The diverse skills that are enhanced through this MRes – specifically though exposure to multiple different research methodologies - helps make graduates adaptable to various roles. This versatility is attractive to employers looking for candidates who can handle different tasks and challenges. 

Specific skills that students will develop include, but are not limited to:   

  • Advanced independent thinking
  • Opportunities to develop expertise in qualitative, quantitative, and digital methodologies 
  • The ability to construct a rigorous argument, and defend that argument citing relevant sources and analysis with qualitative, quantitative, and digital methodologies both written form and orally 
  • Managing and interpreting information 
  • Experience of working as an individual on challenging material 
  • The ability to reflect on learning, evaluate personal strengths and weakness, and map out a plan of personal development based on those reflections 
  • Experience of working as a participant and/or leader of a group, and of contributing effectively to the planning and achievement of that group’s objectives 

Employment and professional development 

Our excellent Career Zone provides invaluable support, advice and access to graduate employers. Visit the employment and professional development pages for more information, including podcasts and profiles, about the range of support available. 

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