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This programme offers the opportunity for in-depth study of a specific area of interest while developing your skills in research. Read more

Why take this course?

This programme offers the opportunity for in-depth study of a specific area of interest while developing your skills in research. You will spend part of your time in the taught element of your course, covering your chosen subject and training in research methodology, and part in your personalised research dissertation. This course requires you to be a very independent, self-motivated learner.

You can study within any of the Faculty's schools: the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, the School of Education and Childhood Studies, the School of Languages and Area Studies, or the School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies. The course is run in conjunction with the University Graduate School.

This can be studied as a campus-based or distance learning course.

What will I experience?

You will focus your research interest in the humanities and social sciences as you work towards being able to translate your learning into research related outputs (e.g. submission for a peer reviewed publication, peer reviewed research/knowledge transfer grant application, presentations).

What opportunities might it lead to?

The MRes will enable you to acquire research methods training and skills that are relevant to your current and future employment, and that may facilitate the achievement of your further career progression through engagement with continuing professional development activities.

Module Details

This course is offered on two pathways.

Pathway A: you will either focus one third of your time in research training and development and two-thirds of your time in your individual research project

Research Preparation and Development (60 credits)
Research Project (120 credits)

Pathway B: you will spend half of your time in the taught element of your course, covering your chosen subject specialism training and research training and development, and the other half in your individual research project.

Subject Specialism (30 credits)
Research Preparation and Development (60 credits)
Research Project (90 credits)

Teaching

The units involve a number of taught sessions which are selected by you and your supervisory team from those available with the Graduate School Development Programme (GSDP) and from Faculty and Department/School subject-specific provision. These will support a route towards further research that synergises with research themes in the Faculty.

Research proposal

You will refine and submit your research proposal as part of the course, but it is important that you know the area of study you intend to research and that we have an appropriate supervisor for you. Please check this list, and draft a 1000-word outline of your proposed research area to accompany your application form.

Exit awards:

MRes African Studies
MRes American Studies
MRes Applied Linguistics
MRes Childhood Studies
MRes Communication and Language
MRes Criminology and Criminal Justice
MRes Development Studies
MRes Education
MRes European Studies
MRes Forensic Investigation
MRes Gender Studies
MRes History
MRes Literary Studies
MRes Politics and International Relations
MRes Public Administration
MRes Security Risk Management
MRes Security Studies
MRes Sociology
MRes Translation

Student Destinations

The MRes will enable you to acquire research methods training and skills that are relevant to your current and future employment and potentially facilitate the achievement of your further career progression through engagement with continuing professional development activities.

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This programme offers the opportunity for in-depth study of a specific area of interest while developing your skills in research. Read more

Why take this course?

This programme offers the opportunity for in-depth study of a specific area of interest while developing your skills in research. You will spend part of your time in the taught element of your course, covering your chosen subject and training in research methodology, and part in your personalised research dissertation. This course requires you to be a very independent, self-motivated learner.

You can study within any of the Faculty's schools: the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, the School of Education and Childhood Studies, the School of Languages and Area Studies, or the School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies. The course is run in conjunction with the University Graduate School.

This can be studied as a campus-based or distance learning course.

What will I experience?

You will focus your research interest in the humanities and social sciences as you work towards being able to translate your learning into research related outputs (e.g. submission for a peer reviewed publication, peer reviewed research/knowledge transfer grant application, presentations).

What opportunities might it lead to?

The MRes will enable you to acquire research methods training and skills that are relevant to your current and future employment, and that may facilitate the achievement of your further career progression through engagement with continuing professional development activities.

Module Details

This course is offered on two pathways.

Pathway A: you will either focus one third of your time in research training and development and two-thirds of your time in your individual research project

Research Preparation and Development (60 credits)
Research Project (120 credits)

Pathway B: you will spend half of your time in the taught element of your course, covering your chosen subject specialism training and research training and development, and the other half in your individual research project.

Subject Specialism (30 credits)
Research Preparation and Development (60 credits)
Research Project (90 credits)

Teaching

The units involve a number of taught sessions which are selected by you and your supervisory team from those available with the Graduate School Development Programme (GSDP) and from Faculty and Department/School subject-specific provision. These will support a route towards further research that synergises with research themes in the Faculty.

Research proposal

You will refine and submit your research proposal as part of the course, but it is important that you know the area of study you intend to research and that we have an appropriate supervisor for you. Please check this list, and draft a 1000-word outline of your proposed research area to accompany your application form.

Exit awards:

MRes African Studies
MRes American Studies
MRes Applied Linguistics
MRes Childhood Studies
MRes Communication and Language
MRes Criminology and Criminal Justice
MRes Development Studies
MRes Education
MRes European Studies
MRes Forensic Investigation
MRes Gender Studies
MRes History
MRes Literary Studies
MRes Politics and International Relations
MRes Public Administration
MRes Security Risk Management
MRes Security Studies
MRes Sociology
MRes Translation

Student Destinations

The MRes will enable you to acquire research methods training and skills that are relevant to your current and future employment and potentially facilitate the achievement of your further career progression through engagement with continuing professional development activities.

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If you want to enter or enhance a career in central, regional or local government, or in organisations in partnerships with governments, this course has been designed to meet your needs. Read more

Why take this course?

If you want to enter or enhance a career in central, regional or local government, or in organisations in partnerships with governments, this course has been designed to meet your needs. It brings together people from a wide range of organisations to create an inter-cultural, inter-professional and inter-organisational educational environment.

While we prefer applicants to have experience of a public sector managerial role, exceptions may be made for a good relevant degree.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Examine the ways in which public policies are made and implemented and acquire specialist subject knowledge in fields relevant to your career choices
Compare policy processes and outputs within specific policy fields including health, education, welfare, economic development, defence, policing and European integration
Obtain a wider international perspective of public policies, management systems and administrative systems

What opportunities might ti lead to?

The course delivers transferable lifelong skills that you will be able to apply to complex issues, both systematically and creatively. This will improve your capabilities and enable you to work with self-direction and originality, as well as help you contribute to public administration and society at large.

Module Details

We will introduce you to different ways of delivering public services and how to access their efficiency and effectiveness. As a result, you will gain knowledge and develop an understanding of the following areas:

The impact of contextual forces on public organisations including:

The legal system
Ethical, economic, environmental, social and technological change issues
International developments
Corporate governance
The role of public sector organisations in economic development and regeneration
The marketisation of service delivery
Citizenship issues in public organisations
The concepts, processes and institutions in the management of resources and operations
Financing the public sector (sources, financial management, accountability and financial reporting)
Management and development of people within organisations, human resource management, human resource development and change management
The uses and limitations of quantitative and qualitative research methods for providing information and evaluating options in an uncertain organisational environment
The development, management and exploitation of information systems and their impact on organisations
The use of relevant communication and information technologies and applications in public sector management within a global knowledge-based economy

You will study:

Dissertation/Major Project
Comparative Public Policy and Administration
Public Management
Public Sector Strategic Management and Leading Effective Change

One option from:

Practice Based Knowledge in British Public Administration
Work Related Learning/Independent Learning
Europe and the World
Contemporary Security In International Relations: Providers and Challenges
Policies and Networks; the Governance Of The EU
Nation and Identity in Europe
Management of Resources, Finance And Information Systems

Please note that units may be subject to change.

For part-time students a number of distance learning management units are available in addition to a work-based learning unit, which allows you to achieve credit for study or a project undertaken in the workplace.

Credit for prior learning may be awarded, provided that the course studied relates to the Portsmouth MPA curriculum.

Programme Assessment

You will be taught using a variety of lectures, seminars, tutorials, student presentations, visiting speakers and structured visits to public sector organisations. International students will have a full portfolio of activities that will include English language classes, visits to public organisations and structured advice on how to develop their academic performance.

All students receive an induction to our library and how to use our electronic sources of information. Each student will have a personal tutor, as well as the support of an extensive system of student services.

These include work-related assignments, extended essays, examinations, assessed presentations, reports, completion of logs and a dissertation or extended piece of work-related research culminating in a management report.

Student Destinations

The course delivers transferable lifelong skills that you will be able to apply to complex issues, both systematically and creatively. This will improve your capabilities and enable you to work with self-direction and originality, as well as help you contribute to public administration and society at large.

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The term 'learning disabilities' is used interchangeably with 'intellectual disability' to describe those who have significant problems with learning and who need support with many aspects of life. Read more

Why take this course?

The term 'learning disabilities' is used interchangeably with 'intellectual disability' to describe those who have significant problems with learning and who need support with many aspects of life.

This distance learning course enhances knowledge and skills of graduates and experienced practitioners wishing to develop their understanding of people with learning disabilities.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Be taught by academics who are active researchers in learning disability
Participate in live web-based chat forums, e-conferencing, and individual tutorials, to discuss your work with lecturers and with other students
Tap into the Library’s vast selection of electronic resources or access library facilities and borrow books locally via the SCOLNUL scheme

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course provides an opportunity for those supporting children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their families to enhance their knowledge and skills, and gain an academic qualification.

Module Details

Full-time students will study all 180 Level M credits (i.e. six units) in one full year. Part-time students will normally study three units each year, and will begin to explore potential research ideas and research methodologies in the first year. All units are Level 7, 30 credits, and are core units.

Here are the units you will study (part-time students will study these in the first year):

Critical Disability Studies and Intellectual Disability: The perspective of Critical Disability Studies (CDS) is about how society and its agents respond to the labelled person's circumstances rather than how intellectual disability inhabits the person. This unit will address the relationship between workers and disabled people that CDS might call for. Here disability and intellectual disability in particular will be a standpoint or position from which to view society, in contrast to disability as a categorisation of people.

Autistic Spectrum Conditions: A Critical Approach: this unit aims to provide knowledge about autistic spectrum conditions and promote understanding of the key issues in providing support to people with autistic spectrum conditions and their families.

Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods: This unit provides an introduction to experimental and survey-based research methods, and quantitative data analysis techniques. It covers qualitative methods for data collection and analysis, as well as to how to write research reports in both traditions.

The following units will be studied in the first year by full-time students and in the second year by part-time students:

Families and Systemic Therapy: This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of families including an appreciation of experiences of families with an intellectually disabled member. It aims to enhance your abilities to support families via theoretically informed, partnership-based empowering practices.

Research Project: The research project requires you to initiate, conduct and report upon an original piece of research. The work is conducted to deadlines agreed with a project supervisor and project must include empirical quantitative or qualitative research – data collection and relevant analysis must be included. Any statistical analysis must be both descriptive (e.g. means, standard deviations and graphs etc.) and inferential (i.e. statistical tests).

Communication and Investigative Interviewing of People with Intellectual Disabilities: This unit aims to promote communication skills and opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities and outline the status of the law concerning vulnerable adults as witnesses/victims. It aims to provide you with the opportunity to examine issues that arise when people with intellectual disabilities are interviewed as witnesses/victims of crime.

Programme Assessment

Despite its distance learning mode, this course is still extremely student focused. You will be given resources, materials, help and guidance to complete your studies to your full ability. Using our virtual learning environment you can participate in group discussions with other students in a friendly yet challenging online class environment. Plus real-time text based 'chat sessions' with lecturers will ensure you receive all the support you need for the topics you study.

You are assessed in a variety of ways to reflect the individual topics, however there are no examinations and all assessment is coursework based. Here’s how we assess your work:

Practice files
Essays
Wikis
Statistical analysis and reports
Literature reviews
A research project

Student Destinations

When embarking on this course, you may benefit from having completed paid or voluntary work with children or adults with intellectual disabilities.

Previous graduates of the course frequently make significant progress in their careers. Some are just in the beginning stages while others move on to senior manager positions and upwards. Past students have also progressed to advanced academic qualifications such as PhDs or professional doctorates.

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This course provides you with a unique, flexible approach to studying which allows you to not only choose the units and subject areas you study, but to determine the award you exit with through your choice. Read more

Why take this course?

This course provides you with a unique, flexible approach to studying which allows you to not only choose the units and subject areas you study, but to determine the award you exit with through your choice. Through more than 15 units, this framework allows you to shape your studies to your own interests, developing your knowledge and understanding through your choice of units and dissertation topic.

The subject areas available to study are:

Criminology
Criminal Justice
Security Management
Counter Fraud and Counter Corruption
Cybercrime (Campus-based only)
Criminal Psychology
Crime Science
International Justice (Distance learning only)
Policing and Leadership (Distance learning only)
Intelligence (in combination only)

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

specialise in units leading to an exit award in one of the main subject areas (route A) - e.g. MSc Criminal Psychology
follow a combined route to an exit award in two of the subject areas (route B) - e.g. MSc Crime Science and Cybercrime
study as a campus-based or distance-learning student, tailoring our delivery to suit your needs

Module Details

You will study for this course by following one of the two available routes, depending on whether you want to study, and be recognised for, one or two subject areas.

Whichever route you choose, you will also study the Research Methods and Research Ethics unit. This unit will enable you to both develop and add to your research skills, through the use of specialist research workshops, and help prepare you for completing your dissertation.

Route A

Route A allows you to focus on one subject area from the list above, studying a core unit and specialist option relevant to that subject area. Route A also gives you the option to study a unit from outside that subject area, should you want to broaden you knowledge even further. For example, if you are interested in Criminal Psychology, but want to take one of the units specific to Criminal Justice, this framework will allow you to do so.

Route B

Route B allows you to combine two of the subject areas in your studies, and this will be reflected in the degree title awarded. For example, if you have an interest in Crime Science but also in Cybercrime, you can study both subjects and exit with an MSc in Crime Science and Cybercrime.

Programme Assessment

Assessment is based upon a range of written assignments including essays, case study, a literature review and research proposal focused on your chosen project. You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation. For each assignment full academic support is provided by an academic subject expert and you will be provided with academic supervisor once you have identified your dissertation subject area.

Student Destinations

Given the broad range of issues considered and the skills acquired throughout the degree programme, you will be well equipped to embark upon a diverse range of career choices. Over the years our graduates have found employment in areas including policing (both as officers and as civilian staff), crime analysis, probation, the courts and prison service, local authorities, academia and research, charities and private industry to name just a few.

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