Masters in Research (MRes) Social Sciences
Please note we are no longer offering this course to new applicants.
Page last updated 15 May 2020
Join our world-class research community in the social sciences and develop specialist knowledge and research experience in your area of interest. Conduct research in our excellent campus facilities or your own workplace, and undertake innovative collaborations with our organisational partners.
We are pioneering exciting developments in social sciences. Whether it's changing policy on human trafficking, or tackling body image issues in our Centre for Appearance Research (CAR), our research is changing lives. This course enables you to be part of that.
Why study this course?
This flexible course will deepen your understanding of your specialist area through undertaking a practical or theoretical extended research project, making up two thirds of the course. This is supported by an integral programme of advanced research methods training. If you're working, you can tailor research to your workplace.
After developing a solid grounding in academic research practice, you will focus your research in one of the following specialisms:
- Environmental Health
- Politics and International Relations
- Public Health
Although there is plenty of autonomy, you will be supported throughout your course by your supervisor.
Why UWE Bristol?
Whatever your research focus, you'll have access to our well-equipped facilities to test your hypotheses, with laboratories for eye tracking and electroencephalography (EEG) as well as sports and exercise analysis. Your desk-based research will be enhanced by our excellent library facilities and comprehensive learning resources.
You'll develop your academic profile by engaging with our expert staff, and have the chance to collaborate on innovative projects with our partners, including the NHS and Dove. You'll also have opportunities to generate ideas, seek out collaborators, and gain support in writing proposals and publications through working with our research groups - studying topics from global security to Philosophy.
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.
You will study:
- Research Training and Professional Development Portfolio
- Extended Research Project.
You will be able to choose from a range of optional modules in consultation with your supervisor and programme leader.
This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.
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 understand key research concepts and approaches, and meet your teachers, peers and our research community.
You'll spend significant time in independent study for your extended research project. Other modules will be delivered in a range of formats, including online and through on-site group sessions throughout the year.
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
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.
You will be assessed through coursework, a portfolio and your extended research project of 21,000 words. This consists of a research proposal, written report, continuation proposal, and draft journal submission.
The topic of the project is primarily informed by your own interests, but you may wish to align this to one of our agreed projects, listed below.
The Research Training and Professional Development portfolio is a record of all your research engagement activities and will aid your employment prospects.
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.
Once you've identified your focus, there may be opportunities to do research with one of our research centres or groups.
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. Once you've identified your focus, there may be opportunities to do research with one of our research centres or groups at UWE Bristol.
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.
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.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
Careers / Further study
On graduation, you will have advanced skills in research 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.
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 which will be considered individually. In such instances the applicant will need to demonstrate appropriate evidence of research engagement alongside professional experience within their personal statement.
Students starting this course will be conducting their extended research project within the Department of Health and Social Sciences.
Please download the research projects/topics for MRes in Social Sciences list to either select your preferred project or identify a topic of interest. The list identifies projects/topics that will be supported in the various research groups within the department has been compiled for 2017/2018. If you have a topic of interest that is not listed, please get in touch so that we can discuss this with you.
You should build your application around your topic of interest and if we choose to invite you in for interview, we will organise this with the most appropriate supervisor.
How to apply
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