Develop in-depth research skills relevant to social work. You’ll further your ability to identify insights from data using advanced analysis techniques.
During this course, you’ll review and critically evaluate a range of theories, methodologies and paradigms of research that are relevant to social work. With a focus on quantitative and qualitative methods and approaches, you’ll gain the essential skills needed to progress your studies or become a professional social work 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.
Please note: This MRes degree will not enable you to qualify as a social work practitioner. You may want to consider our BSc Social Work and Applied Social Studies course.
Why choose a Master of Research (MRes) degree?
An MRes is a master’s degree with a focus on research. The knowledge and expertise you’ll gain will prepare you for doctoral study and a range of non-academic careers that require strong research skills.
Find out more about about why an MRes might be right for you.
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 work. 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 work 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 and campaigning within organisations concerned with wellbeing, sustainability and social justice