- Reviews systematically, and evaluates critically, alternative approaches, methodologies and paradigms of research in sociology. - Reviews systematically, and evaluates critically, the application of these approaches in the specific areas of social enquiry in which students are specialising. - Supports students, within an active research community, in identifying, investigating and realising their own original research. - Equips students with the skills to contribute to research projects using any of the main methodologies of the social sciences.
The programme comprises a mix of Faculty-wide research-based units and departmental disciplinary-based specialisations. Programme intake limited to 16 students per year, fostering a friendly and supportive learning environment.
This programme has a limited intake of students per year, fostering a friendly and supportive learning environment.
The excellence of the research undertaken within the Department of Social & Policy Sciences has been recognised most recently by the award of the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011.
- Short research apprenticeship project (MRes) - Quantitative methods 1: introduction to quantitative methods - Long research apprenticeship project - Theoretical issues in sociology - Ethical issues in research, policy and practice - Qualitative methods 1 - Principles & skills of social research - MRes Dissertation
Our programmes are modular, consisting of self-contained units, taught and assessed on a semester basis. As you progress through each semester and successfully pass the examinations, you will receive credit for the units, thus providing you with a clear indication of your academic progress.
Teaching takes the form of lectures, classes and seminars. Lectures are quite formal, whereas classes and seminars involve interaction between the lecturer and a small number of students for study skills and discussion.
Methods of assessment
Assessment consists of a combination of coursework essays, class exercises, projects, oral presentations and examinations.
We also place strong emphasis on developing presentation and discussion/communication skills, which in many units is part of the assessed work.
The Social & Policy Sciences department is committed to ensuring that postgraduate students acquire a range of subject-specific and generic skills during their training.
Our graduates generally go on to work in a wide variety of organisations, such as:
- Social research in universities and research institutes, government, business, voluntary organisations and international organisations. - Public policy analysis at local, national and international levels. - Public information and campaigning within organisations concerned with wellbeing, sustainability and social justice.
About the department
The Department of Social & Policy Sciences (http://www.bath.ac.uk/sps/) includes academics from social policy, sociology, social work and international development.
We are committed to advancing learning and knowledge through teaching and research. Our Department collaborates with a wide range of users at the local, national, European and global levels.
Postgraduate programmes: We offer a wide range of postgraduate programmes. Our postgraduate teaching strongly reflects our research and our links to policy-makers and development institutions at the national, European and global level.
Our Department also has an active MPhil/PhD research programme. We take great pride in fostering a friendly and supportive learning environment.
Seminar series: We run a lively and well attended postgraduate research seminar series. Each of the Research Centres run seminar series and conferences associated with their research activities. The University of Bath also has a Research in the World public lecture series where key national and international academics are invited to speak.
Main areas of research
We are an internationally-recognised research-intensive department with a strong focus on policy and practice and a commitment to contribute to social wellbeing and social justice.
We draw together academic staff with backgrounds in Social Policy, Sociology, Social Work and International Development and work closely with colleagues in Psychology, Economics, and Health.