Develop in-depth knowledge and research skills in social policy. You’ll enhance your ability to identify insights from data using advanced analysis techniques.
You’ll combine the study of major social policy issues and trends with developing your understanding of in-depth methods and approaches to quantitative and qualitative research. This will help you to gain the essential skills needed to progress your studies or become a working social policy researcher.
You’ll enhance your understanding of the techniques used in the analysis of large-scale data and how to effectively present key insights and findings.
This course is designed to provide high-quality training to potential doctoral students, as well as essential research skills that are desirable in a number of private and public sector roles.
South West Doctoral Training Partnership
This MRes is recognised by the Economic & 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 if you hold an SWDTP studentship you can take the 1+3 (MRes + PhD) pathway.
If you wish to be considered for a 1+3 SWDTP studentship, then you must apply for your preferred PhD route and not the stand-alone MRes. You should follow our how to apply guidelines.
For those holding a 1+3 SWDTP studentship, progression from the MRes to the MPhil or PhD stage is dependent on an acceptable level of achievement.
Read more about other funding that you may be eligible for.
Learn from experts in their field
You’ll learn from experts in social policy. Their passion, knowledge and research shape their teaching to enhance your learning experience.
Gain important career skills
We work to provide you with the tools and support to prepare you for employment and further study.
This includes advanced quantitative and qualitative research skills, and bibliographic skills; and the use of appropriate technology to undertake tasks that use these skills.
There is increasing demand for high-level quantitative and qualitative research skills from a wide range of private and public sector recruiters.
Many firms and government departments are now committed to data-driven decision-making, making use of the increased availability of big data.
This course will equip you with a hybrid skill set that combines quantitative, computing and analytical skills with an understanding of social policy research and enquiry.
This MRes also equips you to go into further study at PhD level.
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