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Social Work - MRes

Course Description

Analyse social issues and research key issues in social work.


This course is ideal for research training in social work. If you would like to become a qualified social worker you should look at the MA in Social Work.

You'll undertake intensive research training which will equip you with the skills to carry out your own research. You'll also become adept at critically interpreting the research of others.

During this course you'll undertake your own research project in which you'll explore an aspect of social work that you find interesting.

Course content

This research-based course will give you a foundation of research skills through the taught modules. From a broad introduction to social research methods you'll go on to focus on research in a social work context. You'll follow this with modules that will guide you through advanced research methods.

You'll then progress to developing your own research project. With the guidance of your individual supervisor you'll produce a 15,000 - 20,000 word dissertation.

You'll study a series of taught modules that concentrate on social research techniques and specifically address researching social work. You'll acquire the skills required to develop and carry out your own research dissertation.
-Introduction to Social Research Methods
-Concepts and Context in Social Work Research
-Advanced Qualitative Methods
-Advanced Quantitative Methods
-Graduate Dissertation Workshops

You'll also complete a dissertation of between 15,000 and 20,000 words. The dissertation will allow you to demonstrate your skill at independent research and apply your insights from the taught modules to explore and analyse issues in social work. You'll have an individual dissertation supervisor who will provide you with regular guidance.

Your dissertation will require the design, collection and analysis of research data. It may be a self contained project, or you may plan for a subsequent research degree.


This course is a fantastic basis for further study, such as a PhD in Social Work. You will also gain relevant and highly sought-after skills that will qualify you for a research career in academic institutions, local and central government or related organisations.

Visit the Social Work - MRes page on the University of York website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification. You will usually have the equivalent of one year's full-time experience working in social care, health care or related voluntary work.

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