The MRes in Critical Social Science at Liverpool John Moores University
critically combines the disciplines that inform society, organisations and institutions relevant to criminology, geography, media, culture, communication, politics and sociology.
•Complete this masters degree full time (one year)
•An interdisciplinary MRes bringing together staff from Criminology, Geography, Sociology and Media, Culture, Communication
•Fosters a creative and innovative postgraduate culture
•Critical approach with a research focus
•Can lead to doctorate study in social sciences
•Secure the research training demanded by the ESRC/AHRC for postgraduate funding
This Critical Social Science MRes programme will equip you with a range of knowledge and skills, allowing you to complete an independent research project, and become an expert in social analysis through the interdisciplinary application of critical theory.
The programme's structure, content and approach emerge from the expertise on offer in the School of Humanities and Social Science and LJMU's commitment to the interdisciplinary study of Critical Social Science.
Specifically, the MRes represents a bespoke collaboration between the disciplines of Criminology, Geography, Media, Culture and Communication and Sociology. It fosters a creative and innovative research culture, which crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries and builds on the distinctive, critical approaches of each of the disciplines.
You will prepare for and conduct a piece of independent research, interrogating a particular area of theory, policy and/or practice, within one of five interdisciplinary pathways:
•crime, criminalisation and social harm
•ecology, environment and activism
•consumption, identity and mass media
•health, disease and social wellbeing
•power inequality and the state
Our dynamic, professional and experienced staff excel in innovative and exciting research which contributes to the teaching and learning methods you will experience. Good working relationships with Merseyside employers and organisations also frequently benefit the academic and personal career development of our students.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Critical social science research proposition and development
Engages you in independent and critical thinking, and develops and applies theoretical concepts in critical social sciences
Research Project in critical social science
Assesses your ability to present, in scholarly form, a sustained piece of research which demonstrates knowledge and understanding of a relevant field and appropriate methodologies to organise material into a clear and relevant argument
Professional development for researchers in arts, professional and social studies
Provides you with professional guidance geared to the conduct and dissemination of research
Research methods for arts, professional and social studies
Introduces you to library, bibliographic, online and other facilities necessary for postgraduate research; assisting you in recognising and applying appropriate strategies for developing a research project
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
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Applicants for MRes graduate study in Critical Social Science will normally be expected to have a good first degree (a 2:1 or above) in a relevant discipline. Applications are also welcomed from highly motivated non-standard entry students with relevant experience, but without the necessary formal qualifications. Prospective applicants are advised to contact the Admissions Tutor or Programme Leader for further information.