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Social Sciences (MRes)

Course Description

About this course

This MRes allows you to carry out a closely supervised research project in a range of exciting and challenging social sciences fields.

The course is underpinned by core modules in research skills, supported by modules aligned to your chosen discipline pathway in Arts, Design, English Literature, History, Social Science or Media.

You’ll develop an advanced and critical knowledge of methodological approaches to social science research and the theoretical foundations underlying them, an advanced and critical understanding of ethical debates in relation to social science research and an advanced knowledge of IT and its relevance for social science research.

You’ll be supported and supervised by researchers who are widely published and working at the cutting edge of their field.

The course is a great preparation route for a PhD and it also offers advanced, transferrable skills that are highly sought after by employers.

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Part time


Entry Requirements

We look for candidates who have the qualifying educational experience and who have a feasible research proposal which fits with the research interests of a member of our staff. To assess your entry onto the programme we require you to submit a 500 word research proposal to accompany your application. Your proposal should set out what you would like to study and how you plan to study it (i.e your proposed methodology) and should demonstrate your familiarity with related social scientific debates. At this stage, we do not expect a highly developed proposal, but we do need to identify whether your proposal is feasible and whether it fits with the research expertise we offer in the Department of Social Sciences.

The Programme Leader would be very happy to have an informal chat with you about the programme to help you decide whether it’s the right programme for you and to help you think about a suitable research proposal – please feel free to contact her by phone or email – Dr Ruth Lewis 0191 227 3940 or

Who would this Course suit?

This course is an ideal foundation for a social sciences PhD or a research-based career.

It’s also a great choice if you’re involved with work in the public, voluntary and education sectors and want to take your career to the next level.

Visit the Social Sciences (MRes) page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate Honours degree within a relevant discipline. Submission of a satisfactory 500 word original research project proposal. A formal interview.

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