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Social Research (MRes)

Course Description


This programme provides advanced training in social research. It equips students with the skills they need to undertake independent research, using a range of methodologies, and through the dissertation, students are able to develop practical, intellectual and critical skills in their specific areas of interest. For students who wish to undertake a PhD in Sociology, the programme is also designed to provide the support and training required to complete the first stages of doctoral research.

The MRes programme includes courses in: Advanced Social Theory (30 credit points); Qualitative Sociological Research (30 credit points); Approaches to Analysis (15 credit points); Research Seminar (15 credit points); Quantitative Sociological Research (30 credit points), and; Dissertation in Social Research (60 credit points).

This programme is supported by the Postgraduate Students' Allowance Scheme (PSAS). UK and EU Students may be eligible for tuition fee support.


Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is one of the UK's most internationally distinguished universities. With an international multicultural community of over 14,000 students drawn from 120 different countries, the University prides itself on offering the very best learning and support facilities for students, from one of the largest and best equipped libraries in Scotland to support services that provide friendly and expert guidance on a range of areas - academic, personal, medical and financial.

The School of Social Sciences is situated on the University’s beautiful Kings College Campus, and includes the departments of Anthropology, Politics & International Relations and Sociology. In coming to Aberdeen, you’ll be joining a vibrant and active postgraduate community, taught and supervised by staff with international reputations for teaching and research.


For further details on this Masters programme, see our Prospectus (http://www.abdn.ac.uk/prospectus/pgrad)

For further details on Sociology at Aberdeen, visit our website (http://www.abdn.ac.uk/sociology).

GOT A QUESTION? For further inquiries, contact:

- Tony Glendinning (Programme Director) - Tel: +44 (0) 1224 272737; Email:

- Alyson Millar (Postgraduate Secretary) - Tel: +44 (0) 1224 272762; Email:

Visit the Social Research (MRes) page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

An upper second class honours degree in Sociology or a cognate discipline, or equivalent professional experience. The University's English language requirements apply.

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