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MRes Social Sciences Programme

Course Description

Our MRes programme enables you to develop research skills shared across the social sciences while specialising in your own area through one of our focused courses. As a student on the programme, you study approaches and methods available to social science researchers, and explore their implications, limits and uses.

The programme supports students from a wide range of disciplines including sociology, psychology, business, cultural studies, education, health, planning and the built environment. It offers:
-Training in social science research methodologies and methods.
-A vocationally relevant qualification for research-oriented work.
-The opportunity to upgrade specific skills if you are already an established researcher.

Through designing and conducting research you gain technical competence in research and evaluation. You also develop theoretical knowledge and critical understanding of research epistemologies and methods, and the ethical issues involved in social research. As you accrue academic credits you are able to obtain a post graduate certificate and diploma in research methods.

All routes include shared modules in qualitative research and quantitative research, together with modules specific to theory and research design in your area of interest. You can take individual modules as stand-alone courses, or combine them to gain a postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma. The full MRes includes a research-based dissertation in your chosen area, which may become a pilot study towards a PhD.

Programme courses

You can choose from the following courses:
-MRes Sociology, Planning and Policy
-MRes Business

You share discussions with other MRes students and benefit from the specialist expertise of our staff in your chosen area. The programme acts as a bridge between the different MRes courses in Social Science areas and you may be able to include modules from across different courses to help you gain the research training that best suits your interests.

Applications, enrolment and induction

We normally accept applications until early September for a late September start, or early January for a late January start. Your application must be accepted before you enrol so please apply early.

If you already hold a research studentship at Sheffield Hallam University, please consult your supervisor and MRes route or programme leader. You need to complete an associate student form to be accepted onto the MRes modules you need for research training.

For an informal discussion about this programme please contact Dr Cinnamon Bennett by e-mail at

Faculty of Development and Society Graduate School

This programme is hosted by the Faculty of Development and Society Graduate School. The Graduate School website provides a communication hub for students and staff engaged in research, information about our research work, and useful contact information.

Visit the MRes Social Sciences Programme page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally an honours degree, or equivalent, in a suitable subject. If you have suitable qualifications or experience you may be exempt from some modules. If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS 6.5 score with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 or equivalent we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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