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Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time; 2-5 years part-time

About the course

Expected application closure date

Overseas applicants: 29 July 2022.

Home applicants: 12 August 2022.

Places are limited and allocated on a continuous basis from October 2021 until all places are filled. Early applications are advised to avoid disappointment.

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Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant social sciences discipline, such as sociology, social work, psychology, economics, political science, management, history, philosophy or law. Other qualifications (including those awarded by professional bodies) and relevant professional experience will also be considered.

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Student Profile(s)

Audrey Lenoel

Audrey Lenoel is currently studying the MSc Policy Research at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. The programme is the first year of an ESRC 1+3 funded studentship leading onto PhD study afterwards.

I had developed a strong interest in issues relating to migrations and the integration of migrants and very much wanted to pursue these interests through further studies. I chose the UK for its academic reputation in my field and applied for… a research associate position based at the School for Policy Studies (SPS) at the University of Bristol. The reputation of the institution in the field of social policy appealed to me.

I immediately liked Bristol and working at SPS. I found people here friendly and supportive, and enjoyed working in a School bringing people with different backgrounds and areas of expertise and research interests together. This environment encouraged me to pursue a career in research and I felt it was the right time to undertake doctoral studies.

I was keen to stay at SPS as I appreciated its multidisciplinary research environment and knew I would receive great support there.

Working at SPS put me in a good position to get advice on funding opportunities and develop a research proposal. I was recommended to apply for funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and, since my previous postgraduate qualifications did not contain the research methods modules needed to be recognised by this funding body, I applied for a 1+3 scholarship (MSc + PhD). I was granted the scholarship and started the MSc in Policy Research last October.

The MSc Policy Research course helps students build their practical research and analytical skills and constitutes a good preparation for doctoral studies. I intend to study the practices and impact of migrant remittances on both the senders and receivers sides during my PhD and the different modules offered in the MSc give me the opportunity to think carefully about research design and the most suitable methods to address my research questions.

As the course is particularly intended for researchers and practitioners working in public service organisations, it has a practical focus and the discussions during the classes are fuelled by real-life experiences. I regard this degree as a very good foundation course for my doctoral studies. It would also suit the needs of professionals willing to improve their understanding and skills in research methods.
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