Develop in-depth knowledge and skills of research methods. Prepare yourself for an academic or professional career with a focus on European social policy. This course is designed for those developing careers as policy analysts and applied researchers in national, European or international social or public policy organisations; middle- and senior-ranking staff in the public, private or voluntary sectors of social policy who seek mid-career re-training; and prospective PhD students. You will be part of an active research community where students are supported in identifying, investigating and realising their own original research.
Semester 1 Research apprenticeship project (MRes) Quantitative methods 1: introduction to quantitative methods Qualititative methods 1 Principles and skills of social research Comparative public policy and social welfare: cross-national, European and global perspectives 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
Learning Lectures Online resources Practical sessions Seminars Tutorials Workshops Assessment Coursework Essay Multiple choice examination Online assessment Written examination Other
You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 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.
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