Social Policy MRes

1 year, starting in October 2018

Combine the academic study of social policy with a comprehensive exploration of research methods.

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 experience and skills through analysing, comparing and evaluating 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.

The excellence of the research undertaken within the Department of Social & Policy Sciences was recognised most recently by the award of the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011.

South West Doctoral Training Partnership

This MRes is delivered by the Economics & 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 as part of the 1+3 (MRes + PhD) pathway, which enables successful graduates to proceed to a PhD.

If you apply for the 1+3 you must indicate your preferred PhD route in your application. Progression from the MRes to the MPhil or PhD stage is dependent on an acceptable level of achievement.

Careers

The Department of Social & Policy Sciences is committed to ensuring that postgraduate students acquire a range of subject-specific and generic skills during their training.

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

Course structure

This course lasts 1 year. It starts in October 2018 and ends in 2019. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

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.

Units

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Online assessment
  • Written examination
  • Other

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom 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 economics, social policy, sociology or politics.

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.

Italy qualifications

A laurea with a final overall score of at least 103 out of 110.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in economics, social policy, sociology or politics.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Netherlands qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 7 out of 10.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in economics, social policy, sociology or politics.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Spain qualifications

A titulo de licenciado or titulo de ingeniero with a final overall score of at least 7.5.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in economics, social policy, sociology or politics.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

China qualifications

A four year Bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 80% depending on the institution attended.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in economics, social policy, sociology or politics.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

India qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree with a final overall result of at least a First Class.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in economics, social policy, sociology or politics.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Japan qualifications

A bachelor's degree (Gakishi) with a final overall result of at least 75% (GPA 3.0).

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in economics, social policy, sociology or politics.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Other qualifications

We welcome applications from graduates from all countries so if you can’t see your country in the list, please contact our admissions team for advice about your specific entry requirements.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in economics, social policy, sociology or politics.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options

Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for postgraduate courses.

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Social Policy
  • Final award
    MRes
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Course code
    THXX-AFM14
  • UK/EU application deadline
    31 August 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    30 June 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Course enquiries

Admissions
pgtadmissions@bath.ac.uk
+441225385115

Apply for 2017 entry