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The two years Research Master's programme prepares you for a career in science and is part of the Graduate School of Behavioural and Social Sciences. Read more
The two years Research Master's programme prepares you for a career in science and is part of the Graduate School of Behavioural and Social Sciences. The degree focuses on theory-guided analysis of empirical data and generalizable explanations of both human behaviour and social phenomena. As a student of this programme, you will specialize in one of the following areas:
- Social and Organizational Psychology
- Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology
- Sociology
- Education and Development
- Psychometrics and Statistics

With your supervisor, you will determine the focus of your programme to suit your ambitions, talents and interests. The two-year degree includes a traineeship and a Master's thesis project. You may extend this Master's thesis project to a proposal for a PhD programme. The Research Master also includes a general course that provides an overview of research within the Graduate School of Behavioural and Social Sciences.

Why in Groningen?

Unique characteristics of the programme are:
- For two years it was the highest student ranked Research Master's programme in the Behavioural and Social Sciences in the Netherlands!
- Students work one-on-one with internationally acknowledged researchers
- Students determine the focus of their programme so that it suits their own ambitions and interests

Job perspectives

The Research Master's degree programme in Behavioural and Social Sciences is designed primarily for highly talented, motivated and ambitious students who are interested in pursuing a career in research. This Master's degree qualifies students to conduct fundamental and applied scientific research in the social and behavioural sciences. Holders of this degree are well equipped for further study and training for a PhD thesis, and for employment in the public or private sector. The faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences aims to open a number of PhD tracks for the most talented Research Master's students.

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About the MSc programme. Anthropology, economics, geography, political science, sociology – you already know what the social sciences are. Read more

About the MSc programme

Anthropology, economics, geography, political science, sociology – you already know what the social sciences are. But how do they work? What makes them special?

There are clear senses in which they differ from some of the natural sciences, such as their extremely diverse set of methods and analytic techniques, but does this make the social sciences any less scientific or objective?

With LSE widely recognised as the world’s leading specialist social science university, the MSc Philosophy of the Social Sciences is the ideal degree with which to pursue questions about human societies, and to apply philosophical reasoning to understanding the nature of the social sciences themselves.

This programme offers a critical examination of the conceptual and methodological issues underlying social scientific research. The Department's strength in philosophy of economics and rational choice theory makes it the ideal environment in which to study, examine and critique the use of these methods within the social sciences. 

Graduate destinations

Past programme graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers, ranging from law, forming their own start-up, working in the City and working at Google. We have a very good record of students entering excellent PhD programmes.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme



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Our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Secondary Education provides a high standard of training for those preparing to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector. Read more

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Secondary Education provides a high standard of training for those preparing to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector. The course complies with the statutory guidance from the National College for Teaching and Leadership for Initial Teacher Training courses.

Social Sciences is an exciting secondary school curriculum subject area. It covers topics such as: sociology(socialisation, culture, identity, social differentiation, power, stratification, education, family, health, work, poverty, welfare religion, globalisation, media, crime, research methods); health and social care (human growth and development, communication and values, positive care environments, social aspects and lifestyle choices, activities for health and well-being, public health, meeting individual needs, promoting health and well-being, investigating disease, using and understanding research, social issues and welfare needs, understanding human behaviour); and personal, social, health and economic education. As a trainee you will learn how to teach social sciences to pupils in the 14-19 age range within the secondary age phase, with additional experience in the 11-14 age range and primary enhancements. You will learn how to develop skills, knowledge and understanding for teaching social sciences through a combination of university-led and school-led training.

This course is designed to meet the NCTL Teaching Standards which assesses all trainees working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

This postgraduate qualification offers 60 Masters-level credits that can be used towards our Masters degrees in the field of education.

This Social Sciences route sits within an exciting range of Secondary Education subjects we offer within the Institute of Education.

SECONDARY EDUCATION Frequently Asked Questions

This is NOT an appropriate training course for applicants who wish to teach in Primary schools or Post Compulsory Education establishments.

What happens on the course?

Over the one year course, you will undertake learning at University and other educational settings. You will spend 120 days divided between at least two different school placements across the 14-19 age range within the Secondary age phase.

Your University tutor team is available to assist you throughout your training, supporting development of reflection. Every effort is made to ensure that high-quality school placements are provided to you, facilitating learning through observing, co-teaching and being observed by experienced teachers in the classroom.

All course modules provide examples of good practice in pedagogy which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style - you will be expected to actively participate in your own learning and development.

Teaching on the course comprises a variety of methodologies that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led discussions, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery, problem based learning, e-learning and the provision of individual targets.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments; classroom based investigation and other school-based activities, and appraisal of practical teaching skills.

Typical activities may include:

  • Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘sheltered’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or small groups of pupils within a class
  • Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
  • Further development through reflection on planned classroom activities
  • Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
  • Research that takes place in both University and school settings on selected aspects of your practice.

PGCE: Programme Structure

The PGCE course takes place over 180 days, and 120 of those days are spent in a school. You will have one school attachment during the autumn term and another (in a different school) in the spring/summer terms.

One of our strengths is that we have a vast network of high quality partnership schools in which to place you for the extended school placements. We ensure that you receive high quality school-based training by selecting schools with highly trained mentors and a proven track record of excellent trainee outcomes. We will also take other factors into consideration when placing you, such as your geographical location and transportation, to provide you with the best possible experience in a convenient and suitable setting.

The University-led elements of the course take place at our Walsall Campus. Our PGCE starts in early September and ends in June, and it is an intensive academic and professional training course that effectively prepares you for your first teaching post and beyond.

The course comprises of a two day professional placement in mixed subject groups, two extended school placements in your subject specialism and two periods of University-based teaching – September to October and January to February. The programme also includes a short Primary school placement and additional opportunities for a range of enhancements to your course; for example, experience of teaching pupils with special educational needs, teaching pupils at post-16 level or teaching pupils for whom English is an additional language.

Career path

Successful completion of the PGCE Secondary Education course leads to recommendation to NCTL for qualified teacher status (QTS) and will then allow you to take up a teaching post within a secondary school.

In secondary schools you could be considered for a Teaching and Learning Responsibility (TLR), which may comprise any of the following:

  • Leading a particular subject as head of department, faculty or curriculum
  • Leading the achievement of a particular age group as head of year or key stage coordinator
  • Leading a particular area such as special education needs or pastoral care (i.e. personal guidance)

Later, you could progress to a senior leadership position such as a deputy or assistant head and head teacher - at which point you will have overall responsibility for the leadership and management of a school and the education its students receive.

Following successful completion of this award, you could also use your 60 Masters-level credits towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education which can be continued within your NQT year.

Find out more about further study that can be taken after completing this PGCE award.



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The Complex Systems Modelling - From Biomedical and Natural to Economic and Social Sciences MSc programme will teach you to apply mathematical techniques in the rapidly developing and exciting interdisciplinary field of complex systems and examine how they apply to a variety of areas including biomedicine, nature, economics and social sciences. Read more

The Complex Systems Modelling - From Biomedical and Natural to Economic and Social Sciences MSc programme will teach you to apply mathematical techniques in the rapidly developing and exciting interdisciplinary field of complex systems and examine how they apply to a variety of areas including biomedicine, nature, economics and social sciences. This research-led course is suitable for graduates who wish to work in research and development in an academic or industrial environment.

Key benefits

  • Located in the heart of London, giving unparalleled access to research facilities.
  • You will be studying innovative modules covering modern theories of complex systems modelling.
  • Research-led study programme taught by staff who are recognised leaders in their field.

Description

The Complex Systems Modelling MSc is an innovative study programme that explores the latest research in the rapidly developing and exciting interdisciplinary field of cpmplex systems.

Modern societies rely on a broad range of infrastructures, institutions and technologies, and their complexities have grown dramatically in the recent past. Consequently, there is a rapidly expanding demand for expertise in complex systems modelling as a foundation for understanding, maintaining and further developing of such systems.

The programme offers you the choice to study either full or part-time. You must take a combination of required and optional modules totalling 180 credits to complete the course. If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your programme will take two years to complete. You will study the required modules in the first year, and a further selection of required and optional modules including the complex systems modelling module in your second year.

You will study key natural and biomedical scientific topics as well as economic and social sciences. We also offer the opportunity to study an additional zero-credit module called foundations for complex systems modelling and cross-disciplinary approaches to non-equilibrium systems and is designed as a refresher module covering vital mathematics and physics skills.

Course purpose

For graduates in mathematics, or in other suitable scientific disciplines with a strong background in mathematics, who want to work in research and development in an academic or industrial environment. The programme aims to develop a knowledge and understanding of complex systems modelling and their uses, and to enable students to use mathematical techniques to quantify, predict and improve such systems.

Course format and assessment

Primarily written examinations, some with coursework element, in eight lecture modules, plus an oral presentation and assessed report on the research project.

Career destinations

Our graduates are highly sought after: the applicability of complex systems modelling to areas as diverse as biomedical, natural, economic and social sciences, results in a broad range of opportunities. Some graduates are employed by the companies or laboratories that supervise their MSc research projects, or continue to PhD study.

Other career destinations include:

  • Complexity science consultancies and software development
  • Information Processing 
  • Data Analysis
  • NHS Research
  • Financial and re-insurance sectors
  • Industrial sectors linked to Physics, Science Materials and Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Entertainment and Gaming 
  • Research and further studies


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A Master of Social Sciences (MSocSc) builds on the Bachelors or Honours qualification you've already gained. When studying for your MSocSc, you'll focus on your preferred Social Science subject area and you'll immerse yourself in a high-level programme of study. Read more

A Master of Social Sciences (MSocSc) builds on the Bachelors or Honours qualification you've already gained. When studying for your MSocSc, you'll focus on your preferred Social Science subject area and you'll immerse yourself in a high-level programme of study. You'll learn the latest research techniques and be updated on recent developments in knowledge relating to your chosen field.

You'll be preparing for a dissertation or thesis, so will be conducting a substantial amount of your own independent research. If you think you may want to complete a doctorate level qualification later on, completing a MSocSc prepares you for that next level of academic study.

As you grow your knowledge of your chosen subject area, you'll be refining your intellectual skills, particularly your ability to think critically, problem solve and analyse. This will enable you to prepare for leadership roles in fields related to your subject area.

Industry Connections

During your studies, you'll be supervised by well-connected Faculty members who have networks with people working in a wide range of sectors, from business to government.

These people, including representatives from local and central government and tribal authorities, provide input into the different subject areas. Members of community groups, business organisations and industrial and professional groups do the same – they provide valuable support and input. The subject area experts themselves provide consultancy services that the community in general needs, so there are broader links and connections made through this sharing of knowledge.

Career opportunities

  • Clinical or Community Psychologist
  • Coastal Resource Officer
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Community Health Administrator
  • Counsellor
  • Demographer
  • Economist
  • Educator (Primary, Secondary or Tertiary Sector)
  • Environmental Planner
  • Hazards and Emergency Management Officer
  • Human Resources Advisor
  • Industrial Relations Advocate
  • Journalist
  • Policy Analyst
  • PR Consultant
  • Research Executive
  • Social Services Manager
  • Tourism Consultant
  • Union Organiser

Subjects

Please visit http://www.waikato.ac.nz/study/qualifications/master-of-social-sciences to see what subjects are available for the Master of Social Sciences.



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STATE-OF-THE-ART RESEARCH IN METHODOLOGY AND STATISTICS. Modern society is highly data-driven. Everything is monitored and measured, yet there are major challenges to finding optimal ways to design research, analyse data, and extract the most valuable information. Read more

STATE-OF-THE-ART RESEARCH IN METHODOLOGY AND STATISTICS

Modern society is highly data-driven. Everything is monitored and measured, yet there are major challenges to finding optimal ways to design research, analyse data, and extract the most valuable information.

This selective Master’s programme combines the research expertise of the following departments at Utrecht University (UU) and the University of Twente (UT):

This programme therefore also has two main study locations you can choose from, that is, either Utrecht University or the University of Twente. The collaboration between these departments provides you with an exceptionally broad range of internship opportunities and thesis topics focused on the following fields: Behavioural Sciences | Biomedical Sciences | Social Sciences

HIGH QUALITY

The programme is recognised as a high quality programme and has been awarded high ratings in the past years by established rankings in the Netherlands. 

COMBINING THEORY AND APPLICATION

Through the programme’s cutting-edge research in methodology and statistics, you will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to carry out fundamental and applied research at the level of a PhD project. This two-year Master’s programme provides you with answers to questions such as:

  • What is the best way to set up a clinical trial to test new medical treatments?
  • How do we estimate the number of illegal immigrants in the Netherlands?
  • How do we obtain valid answers in a survey about sensitive topics like income or tax fraud?
  • How do we accumulate knowledge through Bayesian updating techniques?

You will also develop your ability to consult with applied researchers on a wide range of methodological and statistical issues. During your studies, you will select a specialisation in the behavioural, biomedical, or social sciences, which you will explore in depth through electives and (the preparation for) your Master’s thesis.

INTERNATIONAL ORIENTATION

Every year, students are invited to participate in the organisation of conferences, through which they have the opportunity to interact with scientists from around the world. In addition, there are opportunities to take electives abroad.

EXCELLENT CAREER PROSPECTS

The Methodology and Statistics programme prepares you for a scientific career in academia, research institutes, government organisations, NGOs, or private enterprises. Utrecht University, University Medical Centre Utrecht, and the University of Twente maintain strong partnerships with various non-academic institutions, such as CITOCentERDataCBSTNOUMCULSACCTBETSAMCSASMinistry of EducationMinistry of Social Affairs and EmploymentStichting ArqDutch Inspectorate of EducationDanone, and Ex:plain, which provide excellent career prospects for our students. The majority of our graduates obtain positions as PhD students either in one of the three departments that coordinate this Master’s programme or in other related departments in the Netherlands or abroad.

THESIS AND PREPARATION

You can prepare for and write your thesis at one of the three participating departments, or you can broaden your experience by working with other organisations, such as Statistics NetherlandsCITOSocial Cultural Planning OfficeTNOResearch Centre for Examination and Certification, or UMCU.

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE

Through this Master’s programme, you will develop the skills and knowledge to function as a qualified practitioner who is ready for PhD training or a research career outside academia. You'll learn how to:

  • develop methodological and statistical approaches that are required by new developments;
  • evaluate commonly used methodological and statistical approaches; and
  • apply methodological and statistical approaches in cooperation with behavioural, biomedical, and social sciences researchers.

You will be fully equipped with the academic skills and knowledge necessary for your future career.



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The two-year full-time study programme (120 ECTS) focuses on the analysis of changes in ideas, institutions and organizations caused by social, economic and political integration and comparisons of the development of educational and social policies across time and space. Read more

About the course

The two-year full-time study programme (120 ECTS) focuses on the analysis of changes in ideas, institutions and organizations caused by social, economic and political integration and comparisons of the development of educational and social policies across time and space.

Innovatively, the approaches and methodologies of a variety of academic disciplines, including educational science, history and sociology, are jointly utilised in analysis and problem solving.

Within the Faculty, students have opportunities to contribute to on-going research projects and collaborate with professors and researchers.

This multidisciplinary English-language programme is taught in Luxembourg, among the most diverse European societies, by distinguished international scholars in theory, history, and sociology of education.

Aims

As a student, you will

• acquire critical understandings of and review research related to fields of study in the social and educational sciences
• follow and engage in debates on changing societies
• acquire and expand your knowledge of social inequalities and welfare state regimes
• compare, critique and plan reforms of education and social service systems
• design, develop, and conduct empirical research using quantitative, qualitative, historical or mixed methods
• act as experts in academic fields of study (social sciences, education, social and educational policy)
• engage in developing policies and programmes on local, national and international levels

Course modules

• Philosophical Foundations of the Social Sciences
• Qualitative and Quantitative Social Science Methods
• Comparing Education Systems, Welfare States, and Varieties of Capitalism
• Social Differentiation and Inequalities

Career

You will acquire the theoretical, methodological, and organisational skills to succeed in academia or in science-based occupations. Graduates may continue in the doctoral school or assume professional positions in educational organisations (inter)nationally.

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This MRes allows you to carry out a closely supervised research project in a range of exciting and challenging social sciences fields. Read more
This MRes allows you to carry out a closely supervised research project in a range of exciting and challenging social sciences fields.

The course is underpinned by core modules in research skills, supported by modules aligned to your chosen discipline pathway in Arts, Design, English Literature, History, Social Science or Media.

You’ll develop an advanced and critical knowledge of methodological approaches to social science research and the theoretical foundations underlying them, an advanced and critical understanding of ethical debates in relation to social science research and an advanced knowledge of IT and its relevance for social science research.

You’ll be supported and supervised by researchers who are widely published and working at the cutting edge of their field.

The course is a great preparation route for a PhD and it also offers advanced, transferrable skills that are highly sought after by employers.

For more information on the part time option for this course, please view this web-page: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/social-sciences-dtpssz6/

Learn From The Best

Many of the members of staff delivering this course are thought leaders in their fields.

They include the 2014 holder of the British Sociological Society and Higher Education Academy National award for Excellence in Teaching Sociology, the Chair of the European Group for Public Administration and the American Society of Criminology 2014 Critical Criminologist of the Year

Their expertise spans a broad range of areas, from housing and homelessness, poverty and overseas development, social justice, violence towards women, environmental justice, critical criminology, improving public services and more.

Academics involved in this course were also behind the formation of the North East Homeless Think Tank, a regional agency bringing together academics, researchers and policy officers to inform and influence policies affecting homeless groups.

Our members of staff also have particular expertise in working collaboratively to design and deliver training and CPD programmes, and in evaluation work.

Teaching And Assessment

Our assessment methods promote and nurture independent learning and a balanced workload.

Each assessment is carefully developed to ensure that it tests your knowledge, understanding and skills and you’ll receive regular feedback on your successes and areas for improvement.

Staff will also offer ongoing relevant support to help you manage your learning and develop the skills you’ll need to work independently after graduation.

You’ll undertake a dissertation or large project, supported by a core module, plus two discipline-specific modules that will examine the key themes, traditions and debates in your chosen discipline.

Your research project can be either a specialist, in-depth study based upon a substantial body of subject-relevant sources or it can be interdisciplinary in approach crossing over a number of disciplines.

Each MRes pathway has its own dedicated leader and your dissertation supervisor will have relevant subject expertise to help you get the very most from your studies.

Module Overview
EF0126 - E.S.A.P. in FADSS Level 7 (Optional, 0 Credits)
EL7028 - MRes Dissertation (Core, 90 Credits)
HI7011 - Research Development (Core, 30 Credits)
SO7004 - Social Research Methods (Core, 30 Credits)
SO7009 - Applied Social Research Methods (Core, 30 Credits)

Learning Environment

You’ll be able to access a dedicated virtual learning environment that contains module guides, staff details, assessment requirements and bespoke interactive reading lists to help your seminar preparation and independent research.

We pride ourselves on producing graduates that make an immediate impact and professional placements are an invaluable tool in preparing you for work. We’ve built strong partnerships to support this with a range of organisations including Arts Alliance, Traidcraft, VSO, CAFOD, New Writing North, Procter & Gamble and the British Council.

You’ll have opportunities for research placements, volunteering and work-related learning in challenging environments such as prisons, youth offending teams, homeless charities and parliamentary offices as well as exchanges with overseas universities.

Research-Rich Learning

Thanks to significant investment, Northumbria is ranked in the UK top 20 for research power in Social Work and Social Policy and over half of our research in Social Work and Social Policy has been rated as world leading or internationally excellent.

Our academics in this area have strengths in public policy, social inclusion, social justice, international development and criminology.

Recent research has included the use of cognitive behavioural programmes to reduce re-offending and the impact of creative and spiritual activities in prison.

Our academics have also undertaken research on global poverty and inequality, including policies and approaches to address these issues.

We’ve also explored areas of public governance, public policy and public services management, as well as studied inequalities and their impact on society.

Other projects span a range of subjects from volunteering and philanthropy to homelessness and the inclusion of young people.

Give Your Career An Edge

This course will offer you a range of sought after skills to help you take your next career step, whether that’s into further research, study or employment.

It’s also a great course if you’re already in an established career and looking for progression or promotion, especially in fields such as teaching, the public sector, public policy or project management.

You’ll have critical skills and attitudes, great presentation skills, reflective and evaluative abilities, advanced communication skills, excellent time management, ethical and professional understanding and highly developed research and inquiry skills.

You’ll also be self-motivated, capable of making decisions in complex situations and have a thirst for independent learning.

If your next step is a PhD, then we’ll offer you support with your applications.

Your Future

This course will see you develop into an independent, critical thinker equipped with excellent practical, communication and transferable skills, giving you a platform from which to excel in your career.

You’ll become a highly motivated, flexible, and innovative individual, capable of demonstrating advanced knowledge of your chosen academic area.

You’ll also have a sophisticated proficiency in research and be an expert on a self-selected research, as well as have a deep awareness of scholarly methods and contexts.

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You can study a Master of Philosophy in a variety of areas such as healthcare, midwifery, nursing, leadership or dementia. Other areas of study include nutrition, exercise, the social sciences, humanisation, mental health and social work. Read more
You can study a Master of Philosophy in a variety of areas such as healthcare, midwifery, nursing, leadership or dementia. Other areas of study include nutrition, exercise, the social sciences, humanisation, mental health and social work.

A Master of Philosophy (MPhil) can be a precursor to a PhD, giving you two years to delve into a subject that you are passionate about. Our staff within the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences have varied interests and specialisms, providing you with an opportunity to work with an expert in a field of research interest.

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Studying for a PhD with UEL’s School of Social Sciences will push you to the limit - and you’ll be supported all the way by our world-class academic staff. Read more

Studying for a PhD with UEL’s School of Social Sciences will push you to the limit - and you’ll be supported all the way by our world-class academic staff.

Our research consistently delivers improved outcomes for the delivery of social for adolescent self-harm, suicide prevention and child abuse.

Active social work and social policy research strands range from international human rights to the practical – such as applying practice-near research to social work, and using new media to help people with learning disabilities. We also use geo-information and numerical simulations to develop crime, health and social policies.

Our Sociology strand includes active research on anthropology, political economy, social psychology and psychoanalysis, international development, politics, refugee, urban and gender studies. 

Internationally, the School has partnerships with the University of New Mexico and the American University of Cairo; as well as exchange programmes with several European colleges.



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The program is made up of courses which can be divided into the following areas. analysis and statistics, economics, and social sciences. Read more

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

The program is made up of courses which can be divided into the following areas: analysis and statistics, economics, and social sciences.
In the second semester of the first year, students personalize their curriculum through elective courses, which pertain to the three main areas:
- General Economics
- Applied Economics
- Econometrics and Quantitative Methods

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The Master of Science in Economic And Social Sciences has the following educational objectives:
- provide advanced studies in theoretical and applied economics, to understand key aspects of current economic and social systems necessary to carry out highly qualified professional activities in the socio-economic field;
- allow the student to personalize advanced studies in specific areas of theoretical economics (e.g. microeconomics, macroeconomics, monetary economics, development economics) aimed at pursuing the required competences or to enroll in a PhD program at national or international level or to access in roles of applied economist in companies or institutions;
- complete the economic and quantitative studies providing competences in subjects as business and juridical, so as to develop interdisciplinary problem analysis skills;
- develop competences via educational activities inside and outside the classroom which promote student-teacher interaction and interaction between the students themselves as well as complex problem analysis and problem solving skills, ability to present and discuss the results of one’s work;
- promote competence (in the business area) in the use of English and of a second EU language to work effectively and efficiently in one’s profession.

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The MRes Social Science Research Methods degree offers an advanced programme of research training. The course is ideal for applicants who are considering going on to study for a PhD. Read more
The MRes Social Science Research Methods degree offers an advanced programme of research training. The course is ideal for applicants who are considering going on to study for a PhD.

Your will study core Faculty modules that include generic social science research skills, broad based training in social science research methods, and advanced training in qualitative and quantitative methods.

You will also receive School-based research skills and subject-based training from which you will acquire specialist knowledge that will allow you to apply the basic principles of social science research and design to your own research projects.

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The MRes programme allows you to undertake a research project at Master's level which would be assessed via submission of a thesis and a viva voce. Read more

The MRes programme allows you to undertake a research project at Master's level which would be assessed via submission of a thesis and a viva voce.

Tailor your studies to your specific interests or career aspirations such as; healthcare, midwifery, nursing, leadership or dementia. Other areas inlcude nutrition, exercise, the social sciences, humanisation or social work.

You can set out to find the answer to a particular research question and will have the chance to delve more deeply into a subject area that you are passionate about.

Your research project will be developed in collaboration with our academic University staff who will provide you with specialist knowledge and supervisory input, while accessing BU's technical and infromation resources.

You will also be part of BU's wider postgraduate community and have access to the suite of research, professional and personal training offered through the Doctoral College and your Academic faculty. 

We strongly encourage collaboration across specialisms, and an MRes provides an opportunity to work with supervisors from various backgrounds to deliver truly impactful research.

The minimum completion time for the full-time course is 12 months with flexibility to take up to 18 months. If you would prefer to complete the course part-time, the minimum completion time is 24 months with flexibility to take up to 36 months to complete.



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A research degree is a period of intensive, supervised, research work in your chosen area. It builds on your previous academic or professional experience and allows you to develop an original area of expertise. Read more

A research degree is a period of intensive, supervised, research work in your chosen area. It builds on your previous academic or professional experience and allows you to develop an original area of expertise.

You work closely with a director of studies and a supervisor who are specialists in your chosen field or methodological approach to produce an extended thesis of up to 80,000 words in the case of doctoral research.

Whilst completing your thesis you can take advantage of a range of training opportunities to improve your employability and personal skills. This includes developing your knowledge and understanding of research methods and methodology.

You can take modules from the MRes Social Sciences Programme and supplementary on-line courses to develop your research skills.

Our staff members take part in a range of research-related activities, including

  • writing books and articles for journals.
  • delivering papers at national and international conferences.
  • involvement in practical research projects, collaborative research and consultancy.

Reviewing journal papers, book proposals and research applications.

We conduct research projects in areas such as • law • social policy • sociology • politics • public health • education psychology. Our teaching and research is supported by leading facilities such as the Law Clinic and Community Justice Portal.

We also have the following research centres

  • Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research.
  • Centre for Education and Inclusion Research.

Faculty of Development and Society Graduate School

This course is hosted by the Faculty of Development and Society Graduate School. The Graduate School website provides a communication hub for students and staff engaged in research, information about our research work, and useful contact information.

Course structure

Full-time – at least 35 hours a week on average over three years

Part-time – at least 12 hours a week on average for up to seven years

EU and international students wishing to study in their own country can choose the split mode. You register with us and spend some time studying in Sheffield but are mainly based at home.

Various start dates

You critically investigate and evaluate an approved topic, to demonstrate an understanding of research methods appropriate to your chosen field. You must then present and defend your thesis by oral examination.

Supervision

We allocate you a supervisory team of two or three research specialists.

You have regular scheduled meetings with your supervisors when you agree targets for written and oral presentation of your research progress. We expect you to present seminar papers on your work and to submit written papers for comment. We also expect you to attend relevant seminars from the appropriate research seminar series.

Research training

In addition to your subject-focused research activity, you must complete research training modules, unless you have previously studied these on an appropriate masters degree. Fees for these modules are covered in the full-time fee. Part-time students must pay for these additional modules. Please contact us for further details. During your research leading to your thesis, you work under the guidance of your supervising team.

Assessment

You submit your research programme for approval by the University’s Research Degrees Committee. Your final assessment is via thesis and viva.

Employability

Our research is often applied, which prepares you to tackle issues of immediate relevance to voluntary or statutory agencies. You can go on to find an academic or other research career.

Many people take part-time degrees in collaboration with their current employer.



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This programme offers the opportunity for in-depth study of a specific area of interest while developing your skills in research. Read more

Why take this course?

This programme offers the opportunity for in-depth study of a specific area of interest while developing your skills in research. You will spend part of your time in the taught element of your course, covering your chosen subject and training in research methodology, and part in your personalised research dissertation. This course requires you to be a very independent, self-motivated learner.

You can study within any of the Faculty's schools: the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, the School of Education and Childhood Studies, the School of Languages and Area Studies, or the School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies. The course is run in conjunction with the University Graduate School.

This can be studied as a campus-based or distance learning course.

What will I experience?

You will focus your research interest in the humanities and social sciences as you work towards being able to translate your learning into research related outputs (e.g. submission for a peer reviewed publication, peer reviewed research/knowledge transfer grant application, presentations).

What opportunities might it lead to?

The MRes will enable you to acquire research methods training and skills that are relevant to your current and future employment, and that may facilitate the achievement of your further career progression through engagement with continuing professional development activities.

Module Details

This course is offered on two pathways.

Pathway A: you will either focus one third of your time in research training and development and two-thirds of your time in your individual research project

Research Preparation and Development (60 credits)
Research Project (120 credits)

Pathway B: you will spend half of your time in the taught element of your course, covering your chosen subject specialism training and research training and development, and the other half in your individual research project.

Subject Specialism (30 credits)
Research Preparation and Development (60 credits)
Research Project (90 credits)

Teaching

The units involve a number of taught sessions which are selected by you and your supervisory team from those available with the Graduate School Development Programme (GSDP) and from Faculty and Department/School subject-specific provision. These will support a route towards further research that synergises with research themes in the Faculty.

Research proposal

You will refine and submit your research proposal as part of the course, but it is important that you know the area of study you intend to research and that we have an appropriate supervisor for you. Please check this list, and draft a 1000-word outline of your proposed research area to accompany your application form.

Exit awards:

MRes African Studies
MRes American Studies
MRes Applied Linguistics
MRes Childhood Studies
MRes Communication and Language
MRes Criminology and Criminal Justice
MRes Development Studies
MRes Education
MRes European Studies
MRes Forensic Investigation
MRes Gender Studies
MRes History
MRes Literary Studies
MRes Politics and International Relations
MRes Public Administration
MRes Security Risk Management
MRes Security Studies
MRes Sociology
MRes Translation

Student Destinations

The MRes will enable you to acquire research methods training and skills that are relevant to your current and future employment and potentially facilitate the achievement of your further career progression through engagement with continuing professional development activities.

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