MRes Social Science Research Methods

"UEA has a global reputation for impactful research. I thought it was important to be somewhere where research is important."

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Samuel Whewall, (EDU Pathway) MRes Social Science Research Methods

“The School helped me to secure a work placement at a centre that undertakes world-leading research in cognitive neuroscience. This experience really fed into the skills that I’ve been able to develop over this year.”

In their words

Lisa Stephenson (PSY Pathway), MRes Social Science Research Methods

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Key facts

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

The MRes Social Science Research Methods degree offers an advanced programme of research training. The course is ideal for applicants who are considering going on to study for a PhD.

Your will study core Faculty modules that include generic social science research skills, broad based training in social science research methods, and advanced training in qualitative and quantitative methods.

You will also receive School-based research skills and subject-based training from which you will acquire specialist knowledge that will allow you to apply the basic principles of social science research and design to your own research projects.

Overview

The MRes Social Science Research Methods degree offers an advanced programme of research training. The course is ideal for applicants who are considering going on to study for a PhD. You will study core Faculty modules that include generic social science research skills, broad based training in social science research methods, and advanced training in qualitative and quantitative methods. You will also receive School-based research skills and subject-based training from which you will acquire specialist knowledge that will allow you to apply the basic principles of social science research and design to your own research projects.

The University of East Anglia has been ranked 10th in the UK for the quality of its research output and 21st overall amongst all mainstream British institutions in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The results show that more than 82 per cent of UEA research is classified as either 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent', confirming UEA's position as a premier research institution making a substantial impact on the global challenges facing society.

The degree may be studied over one year full-time, or two years part-time. The registration date is: September.

Course Modules 2017/8

The MRes Social Science Research Methods is offered in the following subject specialisms:

  • Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Social Work and Social Policy
  • Psychology
  • Law
  • Business and Management
  • International Development
  • Experimental Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Linguistics
  • Social Anthropology
  • Human Geography
  • Science, Technology and Sustainability

For general course enquiries, please contact Prof. Laura Biggart.

If you would like information about any of the specific specialisms please contact:

Dr Esther Priyadharshini (Education and Lifelong Learning)
Dr Birgit Larsson (Social Work and Social Policy)
Dr Laura Biggart (Psychology)
Dr Michael Hamilton (Law)
Dr Zografia Bika (Business and Management)
Prof. Laura Cramfield (International Development)
Dr Eugen Fischer (Experimental Philosophy)
Dr John Turnpenny (Politics)
Dr Corrado di Maria (Economics)
Prof. Luna Filipovic (Linguistics)
Dr Ben Jones (Social Anthropology)
Mr Peter Simmons (Human Geography)
Mr Peter Simmons (Science, Technology and Sustainability)

Professional, Employability and Practical Skills

This programme offers an option of a research placement, with the aim of strengthening your research skills and making key contacts. Advisor sessions to support learning and career development occur throughout the year.

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Social Sciences and related disciplines
  • Degree Classification UK BA or BSc (Hons) 2.1 or equivalent

Entry Requirement

Applicants should normally have a good first degree from a recognised higher education institution.

It is normal for undergraduate students to apply for entry to postgraduate programmes in their final year of study. Applicants who have not yet been awarded a degree may be offered a place conditional on their attaining a particular class of degree.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 6.5 in each component)
  • PTE (Pearson): 68 (minimum 62 in each component)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Special Entry Requirements

Applicants must submit a short (approx. 500 word) research proposal in support of their application. This should indicate their initial thoughts about a possible research topic and should consider why the topic might be important, whether there is a research gap in this area, and propose a possible methodology for the investigation. Please note, however, that the final research topic will be finalised in discussion with supervisors at the start of the course.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the academic year 2018/19 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £6,300
  • International Students: £15,800

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for UK/EU students).

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.

Living Expenses

Approximately £9,135 living expenses will be needed to adequately support yourself.

Scholarships

The University offers a variety of Scholarships each year to support students in their studies. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Student Loan

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

    Next Steps

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    Admissions enquiries:
    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
    telephone +44 (0)1603 591515