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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2-3 years

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  • Last Updated

    21 March 2018

Course content

This course provides you with training that will prepare you for doctoral-level work, and provides a stand-alone qualification in social science research.The Master of Research is a faculty-wide, cross-disciplinary research training course with an education strand. It provides high-quality training to potential doctoral students as well as a stand-alone qualification for social science researchers.

Depending on your research interests you will be placed in a research group within the Department of Education, which will have seminar and reading group activities that you can join.

You will also spend a short period of time shadowing an experienced researcher.

The course aims to:

  • teach you to systematically review alternative approaches, methodologies and paradigms of research in social and educational enquiry
  • enable you to critically evaluate the application of these approaches in the specific areas of social and educational enquiry in which you specialise
  • support you within an active research community, in identifying and investigating your own original research questions
  • equip you with the skills to contribute to research projects using any of the main methodologies of the social sciences

South West Doctoral Training Partnership

This MRes is delivered by the Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC), specifically, as part of the larger South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP). It can be taken as a course in its own right or as part of the 1+3 (MRes + PhD) pathway, which enables successful graduates to proceed to a PhD.

If you apply for the 1+3 you must indicate your preferred PhD route in your application. Progression from the MRes to the MPhil or PhD stage is dependent on an acceptable level of achievement.

Course structure

This course lasts 1 year. Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.


Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

  • Short research apprenticeship project (MRes)
  • Quantitative methods 1: introduction to quantitative methods
  • Qualitative methods 1
  • Principles & skills of social research
  • Contemporary issues in education research 1: critical users

Semester 2

  • Long research apprenticeship project (MRes)
  • Contemporary issues in educational research 2: competent producers
  • Quantitative methods 2 or Qualitative methods 2


  • MRes dissertation

Optional course units

You can choose from a number of optional units. Here are some examples of the units currently being studied by our students.

  • Quantitative methods 2
  • Qualitative methods 2
  • Independent research essay

Learning and assessment


  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops


  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Practical work
  • Seminar
  • Work-based placement

Visit the Education (MRes) page on the University of Bath website for more details!




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