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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Philosophy

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time.

  • Course Type

    MRes

  • Course Fees

    See website for more information

  • Last Updated

    14 November 2018

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 social scientific philosophy and methodology within a contemporary sociology context. It will develop your understanding of the origins, history and development of Science and Technology Studies as a discipline and its theoretical underpinnings. It will equip you with the skills to go on to doctoral research or to pursue a career as a professional researcher.

This programme also forms part of the ESRC SWDTP – a hub of world-class social sciences research.

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:

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences 1
  • Applied Quantitative Data Analysis

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.

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

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

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.


Visit the MRes Science and Technology Studies page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

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