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MRes Human Sciences course provides a comprehensive research training programme enabling you to gain high-level research skills, equipping you for further study at MPhil and PhD level, or for a range of professional careers in the knowledge economy.

The emphasis of the course is the development of critical thinking skills and their application to concrete research problems and issues. The modules are wide ranging covering a broad base of academic subjects in law, humanities and social sciences.

What happens on the course?

The course consists of both taught and research elements, with modules covering the philosophy and ethics of research, quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and the application of computerised and virtual research techniques.

The course culminates with an option to produce a piece of independent, original research, guided by a supervisor with expertise in your chosen area of study or to complete a grant funding proposal for potential development as a research project at MPhil or PhD level.

The emphasis of the course is the development of critical thinking skills and their application to concrete research problems and issues. The modules are wide ranging covering a broad base of academic subjects in law, humanities and social sciences.

Why Wolverhampton?

Why study the MRes in Human Sciences at the University of Wolverhampton:

  • Taught by experts in their fields, with extensive experience of research.
  • The course engages with the current critical discourse on methods and emerging trends.
  • Designed with a view to ensure applicability of methods to a variety of research contexts.
  • Provides grounding for further developing independent projects both in interdisciplinary as well as subject specific areas
  • The degree can count towards admission to MPhil/PhD at the University of Wolverhampton in addition to giving a competitive edge to students applying for research funding for PhD programmes in most universities.

Career path

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to pursue a wide range of opportunities and careers involving advanced level research.

These include MPhil and PhD study across a range of disciplines within law, humanities and the social sciences, many professional careers within, for example, government and the public sector, the uniformed services, the legal and criminal justice industries, market research and think-tank organisations.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sophisticated grasp of research paradigms and research methodologies, guiding appropriate employment of research concepts and tools.
  • Demonstrate an advanced level understanding of the principles of research design and planning, the difference between knowledge and information and of a sophisticated understanding of issues in research ethics including the potential use, abuse and impact of research findings.
  • Produce an original research funding bid or pilot study which communicates its findings effectively.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the impact of the social and political context in which research takes place and show understanding of the ‘social construction’ of data.
  • Identify potential stakeholders in specific areas of research and be acquainted with the application process for research funding from a wide range of public and private organisations
  • Work reflectively and collaboratively with a research supervisor and with peers.

Visit the Human Sciences - MRes page on the University of Wolverhampton website for more details!

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