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Course summary

Develop in-depth knowledge and skills of research methods. Prepare yourself for an academic or professional career with a focus on social and public policy. The MRes Social Policy is designed for those developing careers as policy analysts or applied researchers in national or international social or public policy organisations or government departments; and prospective PhD students in social or public policy. You’ll develop in-depth knowledge and skills relating to the research methods used to analyse, compare and evaluate social and public policies. You'll be supported in identifying, investigating and realising your own original research within an active research community. We encourage a diverse intake in terms of experience, qualifications and interests, to stimulate mutual experience and learning. South West Doctoral Training Partnership This MRes is recognised by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), specifically, as part of the larger South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP). It can be taken as a course in its own right, or if you hold an SWDTP studentship you can take the 1+3 (MRes + PhD) pathway. If you wish to be considered for a 1+3 SWDTP studentship, then you must apply for your preferred PhD route and not the stand-alone MRes. You should follow our how to apply guidelines. For those holding a 1+3 SWDTP studentship, progression from the MRes to the MPhil or PhD stage is dependent on an acceptable level of achievement. Graduate prospects Our graduates generally go on to work in a wide variety of organisations and roles, such as:

  • social research in universities and research institutes, government, business, voluntary organisations and international organisations
  • public policy analysis at local, national and international levels
  • public information provision and campaigning within organisations concerned with wellbeing, sustainability and social justice

Modules

This course lasts 1 year. It starts in October 2023 and ends in 2024. Welcome week starts on 25 September 2023. Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions. Compulsory course units These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units. Semester 1 Research apprenticeship project (MRes) Quantitative methods 1: introduction to quantitative methods Qualitative methods 1 Principles and skills of social research Plus one optional unit Semester 2 Research apprenticeship project (MRes) Research for policy: concepts, methods and values Either Quantitative methods 2 or Qualitative methods 2 Plus one optional unit Summer MRes dissertation Optional course units These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units. Semester 1 Comparative public policy and social welfare: cross-national, European and global perspectives AI as social and political practice: technology, society & politics Director of Studies approved unit Semester 2 Quantitative methods 2 Qualitative methods 2 Independent research essay Knowledge, data, and our digital social world Director of Studies approved unit

Assessment method

Coursework Essay Multiple choice examination Online assessment Written examination Other


Entry requirements

British qualifications You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically 2:1 or above. To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in social policy, sociology, politics or a relevant social sciences subject. We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree. If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English language requirements. English language requirements IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components You will need to get your English language qualification within 24 months prior to starting your course. If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.


English language requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Tuition fees can be found on our web pages and are liable to increase annually. UK and Islands fees are regulated by the UK government and are subject to parliamentary approval. For all other fees, you should budget for an increase of up to 5% for every further year of study. For information on tuition fees visit our web pages: http://www.bath.ac.uk/topics/tuition-fees/
Social Policy at University of Bath - UCAS