This MRes programme aims to develop a systematic understanding and critical appreciation of alternative approaches, methodologies and paradigms of social science research. It will develop fully trained and competent social science researchers, who are able to understand and use research techniques appropriate to their subject area and are conversant with approaches used by other social scientists.

The programme has a substantial theoretical and quantitative core but also delivers complementary qualitative training. This will provide an essential foundation for any working researcher, whether they are going on to do a PhD or otherwise engaged in research. The training will enable you to think through how you can use your knowledge and skills in advanced quantitative methods in different contexts, apply them to a variety of problems, and then to identify your own needs for training.

Study Details:

MRes 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Module Details:

There are three mandatory units, while an appropriate range of optional units is provided at each institution to ensure students can take a full suite at their home institution should they wish to. Optional units may include substantive subject units of interest, or further methods units. You will also complete a dissertation: an extended research project of between 10,000 and 15,000 words.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MRes in Advanced Quantitative Methods.

Student Destinations

This programme provides outstanding academic and research training for prospective PhD students and can lead to careers in data and quantitative research.


We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2019/20 are as follows: UK/EU: full-time £4,300 UK/EU: part-time (two years)£2,150 Overseas: full-time£17,100 Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time £9,300

Entry Requirements

An upper second-class degree (or equivalent) with substantive quantitative elements (which is is normally considered to be at least 60 credits plus a quantitative dissertation).

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