Masters | Postgraduate Course - Social Policy - Full-time MRes Course Details within University of Bath

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2019/20 fees Home/EU £4,400 Overseas £16,600
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Social Policy - Full-time MRes

Study Details

MRes 1 year full-time

Combine the academic study of social policy with a comprehensive exploration of research methods.

The MRes Social Policy is designed for those developing careers as policy analysts or applied researchers in national or international social or public policy organisations or government departments; and prospective PhD students in social or public policy.

Module details

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

  • Short research apprenticeship project (MRes)
  • Quantitative methods 1: introduction to quantitative methods
  • Qualitative methods 1
  • Principles and skills of social research
  • Plus one optional unit

Semester 2

  • Long research apprenticeship project (MRes)
  • Research for policy: concepts, methods and values
  • Either Quantitative methods 2 or Qualitative methods 2
  • Plus one optional unit


  • MRes dissertation

Optional course units

These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

  • Comparative public policy and social welfare: cross-national, European and global perspectives
  • Director of Studies approved unit

Semester 2

  • Quantitative methods 2
  • Qualitative methods 2
  • Independent research essay
  • Director of Studies approved unit

Entry Requirements

You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically 2:1 or above.

Student Destinations

The Department of Social & Policy Sciences 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 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