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Masters in Research (MRes)

Social, Health and Behavioural Sciences *

* subject to final UWE approval

This course is open for applications

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Health and Social Sciences
One year full-time; two years part-time
Full-time; part-time
Programme leader:
Joel Allainguillaume
Key fact:
Join our world-class research community in the social, health and behavioural sciences and develop specialist knowledge and research experience in your area of interest. Conduct research in your workplace or on innovative collaborations with our organisational partners.

Page last updated 11 April 2017


Why MRes Social, Health and Behavioural Sciences?

Whether it's changing policy on human trafficking, tackling negative body image issues, or helping young people live healthier lives, UWE Bristol is pioneering exciting developments in the social, health and behavioural sciences.

Our Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) is world-renowned for its research on appearance, disfigurement and related issues. And our Centre for Health and Clinical Research conducts life-changing research into long-term conditions; children and young people; emergency and critical care; and patient and public involvement. This is done in collaboration with charities, health services, corporates, governments and academia from all over the world.

Find out more about our pioneering research at the Centre for Health and Clinical Research.

Why study our course?

With the option to study full-time at UWE Bristol or alongside your work, this course enables you to deepen your knowledge in an area of interest alongside our world-class research community.

After developing a solid grounding in academic research practice, you will focus your specialism, so you graduate in one of the following:

  • Environmental Health
  • Criminology
  • Philosophy
  • Psychological Sciences
  • Public Health
  • Sociology
  • International Relations
  • Politics

Although there is plenty of autonomy, you will be supported throughout by a supervisor. And once you have decided on your research project, you can test hypotheses in well-equipped facilities, which include laboratories for eye tracking, electroencephalograms (EEG) and sports and exercise analysis.

Real world experience

If you are working, you can tailor research to your workplace. Thanks to our diverse partners, there are opportunities to work on innovative projects with organisations ranging from the NHS and Dove, to Avon and Somerset Police. Throughout the course, you will also record activity so you graduate with a professional training development portfolio that relates to your current or future employment.

Where it can take you

On graduation, you will have advanced skills in design data, collection and analysis, and a strong understanding and evidence base in your area of interest. You can also use credits towards a PhD, so you can continue to deepen your knowledge and research experience.



Course structure will be available soon.

Learning and Teaching

You will learn through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars, presentations, supervised and independent study.

The course starts with a short period of upfront learning at UWE Bristol. This will give you the chance to learn key research concepts and meet your teachers, peers and our research community.

Research is then delivered and supported online, supplemented with on-site group sessions throughout the year. During the extended research project module, you will define your focus area and final award title. 

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

This MRes is either one year full-time or two years part-time, and runs from September to September. As this is a research degree, most of your time will be spent on independent study, but you will have regular contact with your supervisor at UWE Bristol. If studying part-time, you'll be able to schedule study around work and other commitments.


You will be assessed through coursework, a portfolio and a written dissertation. This is explained further below:

  • The professional development portfolio is a record of all your research engagement activities.
  • An extended research project of 21,000 words consists of a research proposal, written report, continuation proposal, and draft journal submission.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.



If you are already working, you can tailor your research and apply it to your workplace. We also collaborate with a diverse range of organisations regionally, nationally and internationally. So once you've identified your focus, there may be opportunities to do research with one of our research centres or groups at UWE Bristol.

Study facilities

Whether you're learning online or in class, conducting experiments in laboratories, or accessing resources to inform your research, we provide everything you need to succeed in your studies, such as:

  • Studying in our interactive learning environments to access industry journals and comprehensive online resources.
  • Monitoring the effects of alcohol, hangovers, caffeine etc. on driving performance using our driving simulator.
  • Investigating perception and eye movements related to psychological phenomena in eye-tracking laboratories and examine brain activity in our EEG Lab.
  • Monitoring physical activity, heart rate, and calories burnt in our Sport and Exercise Lab.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.


Careers / Further study

On graduation, you will have advanced skills in design data, collection and analysis, and a strong understanding and evidence base in your area of specific interest. You can also use credits from this qualification towards a PhD, so you can continue to deepen your knowledge and research experience.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your graduate employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, graduate jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurs and access to employer events.

Graduate destinations

Find out what our graduates are doing six months after graduating- includes examples of careers, employers and further study. Download a PDF from graduate destinations.

See great graduate prospects for further information.

Creating employable students

UWE places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and UWE initiatives which nurture talent and encourage innovation, students gain valuable real world experience and graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.


Supplementary fee information

Further information about fees and funding.


Entry requirements

An honours degree with a minimum of a 2:1 in a relevant first degree or equivalent.

We welcome applications from students who have achieved a 2:2 degree but the applicant will need to demonstrate appropriate evidence of research and professional experience within their personal statement.

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