Study

MRes Social Work

Qualifications and durations

  • Full-time MRes (1 year)
  • Part-time MRes (2 years, allowing three months for the final dissertation*).

*At the discretion of the Director of Studies, part time students may be able to have an extension of three months (giving a total of six months for the dissertation and an overall total registration period of 27 months). Students extending into their 3rd academic year may be liable for a pro-rated continuation fee.

Overview

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The MRes Social Work course is designed for;

  • research training (it is not a qualifying course for those seeking to become social work practitioners),
  • those developing careers as applied researchers and evaluators in social care,
  • prospective PhD students in Social Work.

The course systematically reviews and critically evaluates a range of theories, methodologies and paradigms of research that are relevant to social work, and the application of these to specific areas of social enquiry in which students are specialising.

Within an active research community, students are supported in identifying, investigating and realising their own research. Students are equipped with the skills to contribute to social work research projects using any of the main methodologies of the social sciences.

The excellence of the research undertaken within the Department of Social & Policy Sciences has been recognised most recently by the award of the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011. We were also ranked 2nd in the country in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

South West Doctoral Training Centre

This MRes is accredited by the Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC), specifically, as part of the larger South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC). It forms part of the Social Work Discipline-specific Pathway.

The MRes can be taken as a course in its own right, or as part of the 1 + 3 (MRes + PhD) pathway, where successful graduates could proceed onto a PhD in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences.

If applying for an MRes + PhD (the 1 + 3) you should indicate on the Application Form, your preferred PhD route.

Progression from the MRes to the MPhil or PhD stage is dependent on achieving an acceptable level of achievement (typically an overall average of 60% on at least the taught component of the MRes).

Course structure

Core Units

  • Short research apprenticeship project (MRes)
  • Quantitative methods 1: introduction to quantitative methods
  • Ethical issues in research, policy and practice
  • Long research apprenticeship project
  • Research for social work: values, methods and contexts
  • Qualitative methods 1
  • Principles & skills of social research
  • MRes Dissertation

Optional units

  • Quantitative methods 2
  • Qualitative methods 2

View Programme & Unit Catalogue for further information (this is the current structure of the course).

Learning and teaching

Our courses are modular, consisting of self-contained units, taught and assessed on a semester basis. As you progress through each semester and successfully pass the examinations, you will receive credit for the units, thus providing you with a clear indication of your academic progress.

Teaching takes the form of lectures, classes and seminars. Lectures are quite formal, whereas classes and seminars involve interaction between the lecturer and a small number of students for study skills and discussion.

Methods of assessment

Assessment consists of a combination of coursework essays, class exercises, projects, oral presentations and examinations.

We also place strong emphasis on developing presentation and discussion/communication skills, which in many units is part of the assessed work.

Careers

The Social & Policy Sciences department 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, 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 and campaigning within organisations concerned with wellbeing, sustainability and social justice

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Typically a 1st or 2:1 Honours degree (or its international equivalent).

A strong personal statement (typically 500-1,000 words) that provides evidence of:

  • how your academic, professional and personal experiences equip you to meet the demands of the course
  • your reasons for wanting to study on the course at University of Bath
  • how your studies may fit with your subsequent professional/academic intentions 

Those without Honours degree qualifications should contact the Admissions Office to discuss other requirements.

English language requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each of the four components)
  • PTE Academic of 62 with no less than 59 in each component

Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the course of study.

There is further information about meeting the English requirements.

You can improve your English proficiency before commencing this course through pre-sessional language training at the Academic Skills Centre.

You may be eligible for a combined offer to include both pre-sessional English 5 (PS5) and the master’s degree.

References

Two references are required. At least one of these must be an academic reference.

How to apply

You must apply to study through the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School.

Financial information

Costs

Potential sources of funding

This course is recognised as being part of the Social Work Discipline-specific Pathway, in the ESRC-funded South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP). Details of funding opportunities to follow in October 2016.

Deadlines

We suggest you apply before the following dates:

  • 30 June 2017 for International Students (who need to apply for a UK Visa)
  • 31 August 2017 for Home/EU students
  • funding deadlines for studentships and scholarships

Contact

Email: sps-pgt-admissions@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 6634

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Main areas of research

We are an internationally-recognised research-intensive department with a strong focus on policy and practice and a commitment to contribute to social wellbeing and social justice.

We draw together academic staff with backgrounds in Social Policy, Sociology, Social Work and International Development and work closely with colleagues in Psychology, Economics, and Health.

We also have an active and vibrant community of research students undertaking their own research alongside our academic staff.

Research Centres

Research themes

Our five research themes are:

Departmental Staff

Find out more about our staff and their research interests.

Introduction

The Department of Social & Policy Sciences includes academics from social policy, sociology, social work and international development.

The international excellence of our research was recognised by the award of the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011.

We are committed to advancing learning and knowledge through teaching and research. Our Department collaborates with a wide range of users at the local, national, European and global levels.

Postgraduate programmes

We offer a wide range of postgraduate programmes. Our postgraduate teaching strongly reflects our research and our links to policy-makers and development institutions at the national, European and global level.

Our Department also has an active MPhil/PhD research programme. We take great pride in fostering a friendly and supportive learning environment.

Seminar series

We run a lively and well attended postgraduate research seminar series. Each of the Research Centres run seminar series and conferences associated with their research activities. The University of Bath also has a Research in the World public lecture series where key national and international academics are invited to speak.

Careers information

We are 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, for example:

  • 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 and campaigning within organisations concerned with wellbeing, sustainability and social justice.