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Postgraduate Taught

MRes Social Research

UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year September 2024
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Sociology
Contact

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

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2:2 Honours degree

Contextual offers

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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Programme Director: Professor Mike Michael

Web: Enquire online

Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

82% of our research is internationally excellent

Based on research rated 4* + 3* in REF 2021, our research in Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology and Criminology was returned to this UoA

Top 10 in the UK for Philosophy

7th in The Complete University Guide 2024

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

We are looking for graduates with a 2:2 Honours degree with 53% 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 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

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

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

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

Scholarships

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

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.