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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

MRes Social Research

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMRes Social Research Programme codePTR1HPSHPS14
Study mode(s) Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

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 the philosophy of the social sciences and methodology within a contemporary sociological context. It will equip you with the skills to go on to doctoral research or to pursue a career as a professional researcher.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To enable students to develop a broad based and relevant knowledge of and competence in the use of research methods in the social sciences.

2. To provide students with a range of transferable skills appropriate to Master's level research within the discipline.

3. To equip students for careers as professional researchers in either academic or non-academic environments.

4. To set the core training in the philosophy of the social sciences and methodology within a contemporary sociology context, thereby allowing students to apply the wider concepts and skills introduced in the broader social scientific setting to specific topics

5. To offer students a specialised training in social science research methods as a direct means of enhancing their employment skills.

4. 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.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/sociology/postgraduate/modules/

http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/currentstudents/postgraduate/modules/streathamcampus/

 

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOCM020 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 30Yes
SOCM002A Philosophy of the Social Sciences 1 15Yes
POLM809 Applied Quantitative Data Analysis 15Yes
SOCM904 Dissertation 60Yes

Optional Modules

60 credits of optional modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Anthropology PGT option modules 2023-4
ANTM021 Food, Body and Society 15 No
ANTM100 The Animal Mirror: Representations of Animality 15 No
ANTM101 Animals, Health and Healing 15 No
ANTM102 Anthrozoology: Theory and Method 30 No
ANTM103 Applied Anthrozoology 30 No
ANTM105 Humans and Wildlife: Conflict and Conservation 15 No
ANTM107 Anthrozoology Residential 15 No
Philosophy PGT option modules 2023-4
PHLM006 Contemporary Ethics 30 No
PHLM008 Mind, Body and World 30 No
PHLM010 Introduction to Philosophical Methods 30 No
Sociology PGT option modules 2023-4
SOCM002A Philosophy of the Social Sciences 1 15 No
SOCM002B Philosophy of the Social Sciences 30 No
SOCM013 Independent Study in Sociology and Philosophy 30 No
SOCM016 Cultures of the Life Sciences 30 No
SOCM019 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 15 No
SOCM020 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 30 No
SOCM023 Social Theory 15 No
SOCM027 Social Theory 30 No
SOCM945 Philosophy of Science 30 No
SOCM950 Science Technology and Society 30 No
SOCM047 Understanding Media 30 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Integrate concepts and analyses in the field of sociology and its sub disciplines.
2. Demonstrate detailed and comprehensive understanding of current issues in several of the main sub disciplines of sociology.
3. Read critically and contribute to the literature relating to social research and methods
4. Achieve technical competence in the application of a range of specialised quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques in social research, as well as an understanding of broader debates surrounding these in social science.

1-3 are developed through seminar discussion and assignments on the generic and specific research training modules. 4 is developed through the seminar discussion, practical exercises and essay assignments on the Social Science Research Skills Module, the optional module, and the through the Philosophy of Social Science module.

Acquisition of these skills is assessed through essay assignments and the dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

6. Demonstrate comprehension of the relationships between theory and practice in the social sciences
7. Apply understanding of social science concepts to the study of particular issues or situations, including designing individual research projects.
8. Know when and how to apply critically particular research methods and techniques.
9. Identify, formulate and evaluate research questions and research problems
10. Evaluate the appropriateness and apply a number of techniques to exploring different research issues.
11. Collect, synthesise, evaluate and analyse data from various different sources.
12. Identify the data requirements of particular research projects, and evaluate the different data capture techniques available for this purpose.
13. Develop clear lines of argument.
14. Plan, conduct a programme of original research by a deadline

6-7 are developed primarily through seminar discussion and assignments on the Philosophy of the Social Sciences module. 8-12 are acquired through discussion and assignments on the Social Science data Analysis and Research Skills modules. 13 is a requirement of all modules. 14 is developed through the Research Skills module and in the dissertation.

Acquisition of these skills is assessed through essay assignments and the dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

15. Think independently at an advanced level.
16. Plan work efficiently to achieve realistic goals within constrained time frames.
17. Construct and defend a sustained argument, both in written form and orally, using primary and secondary materials.
18. Work as an individual on challenging material.
19. Work as part of a team in an independent, constructive and responsive way.
20. Plan, execute and write up research through individual initiative.

15 and 16 are requirements of all modules, and especially the dissertation. 17 and 18 are core requirements of all modules, and especially the dissertation. 19 is developed through seminar work on the taught modules. 20 is developed through the Research Skills module and is applied on the dissertation.

15 and 16 are assessed in all modules by essay work, and by the dissertation. 17 and 18 are assessed on all modules through the essays that go to make up the portfolio on which the coursework is assessed, and in the dissertation. 19 is reflected in seminar work and presentations. 20 is assessed as part of the 3,000-word research plan produced for the Research Skills module, and in the dissertation.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

The College PGT Staff Student Liaison Committee, which meets termly, represents the interests of all taught postgraduates in the College, including those taking this MA programme, who are eligible for election to it. It comprises student and staff representatives and is chaired by a student member elected by the SSLC. The College PGT SSLC exists to:

  • Enable students and staff jointly to participate in the composition, management and review of PGT provision with a view to
  • improving the quality of teaching and learning
  • Facilitate greater communication between students and staff
  • Identify and address areas of concern and contentment to students and staff
  • Ensure a student contribution at all levels of decision-making concerning unreserved business within the College, and its
  • dissemination
  • To disseminate examples of good practice
  • To aid the College in its pursuit of excellence

In addition to the centrally provided services detailed above, the College of Social Sciences and International Studies provides all students with a Post-graduate Taught student handbook.
https://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/socialsciences/student/postgraduatetaught/post-graduatetaughthandbook/ 

Responsibility for the management of the programme of study rests with the programme director. Students meet the
programme director at the beginning of the academic year to discuss their choice of optional modules and to help them to construct their programme of study. The programme director has regular office hours, and students are encouraged to consult him/her during these times. Students are assigned a personal tutor when they arrive in the College, and are encouraged to remain in contact with them throughout the year(s) of their programme.

In January each student has a self-appraisal meeting with his/her personal tutor. This gives students a chance to discuss their experiences and work, in an interview based on a pre-submitted self-appraisal form. At the end of the interview, tutor and student agree on an 'action plan' to guide the student's work for the rest of the academic year.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

MRes Social Research

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

13/08/2019

Date of last revision

13/08/2019