Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Postgraduate taught programmes

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We offer the following programmes of study:

Master of Science (MSc) and Master of Arts (MA) programmes

Our highly-rated MSc and MA degrees are usually one year in length and aim to increase your employability by combining high quality academic learning with practical skills.

Employers continually report that what makes our graduates so attractive is that they are ‘work ready’ and have the necessary skills to manage across a wide-range of employment sectors.




Politics, Languages & International Studies


Social & Policy Sciences

Masters of Research

The MRes combines faculty-wide research skills training with departmental subject specific areas of study, and can form the first year of a 1+3 MRes and MPhil/PhD research programme.

The MRes programme equips you with the skills to carry out a substantial piece of independent research and to acquire and develop wide-ranging research skills.

MRes programmes


* May also form a discipline pathway for the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP)


We also offer four interdisciplinary pathways delivered collaboratively as part of the SWDTP:

Benefits of the MRes

Staff and students discuss the MRes programme.

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  • You will develop an understanding of, and skills in, research methods as well as your specialised knowledge in a social sciences discipline.
  • Equips you with the practical, analytical and critical research skills needed to be a successful researcher
  • Forms an excellent foundation for doctoral (PhD) work, helping you refine research ideas and learn about research methodologies
  • Is offered across established disciplines within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and the School of Management

Why study the MRes?

  • Research skills are valued highly by organisations that require knowledge on which to plan future developments.
  • Breadth of experience and depth of understanding can be obtained through the MRes by a combination of generic cross disciplinary and specialist study units.
  • It is a stepping stone for research leading to a PhD, and is valuable for those who wish to refine their ideas and to learn more about the variety of research methodologies used within social sciences.
  • The ESRC recommends that all research students should have training both in generic research skills as well as those which are specific to a particular discipline.