Masters | Postgraduate Course - Socio-Legal Research MRes Course Details within University of Exeter

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Tuition fees per year 2019/20 UK/EU: £7,800 full-time; £3,900 part-time International: £17,200 full-time
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Socio-Legal Research MRes

Study Details

MRes 1 year Full time 2 years Part time

The MRes is a research training Masters programme which provides rigorous training in socio-legal research skills to enable you to carry out doctoral level research using legal and socio-legal methodology or, alternatively, to embark on a career as a specialist socio-legal researcher.

The programme is ESRC-recognised. This means it meets the research training requirements of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and that you are eligible to apply for ESRC funding for PhD research. Only a handful of Law Schools in the UK offer ESRC recognised programmes in this field.

The taught programme offers research training in generic social-science skills, providing you with a solid basis in social science theory and methodology through modules offered to all social science postgraduates across the University. These are then built on within the socio-legal context through two skills-based modules offered by the Law School. Specialist modules reflect the socio-legal research expertise of staff. The supervised research dissertation will allow you to bring together the conceptual and practical skills acquired in the taught modules and demonstrate your understanding by applying them to your own research ideas in the socio-legal context. Teaching is mainly seminar and workshop based.

Module details

Compulsory modules
The four generic modules are specifically designed to meet the generic post-graduate training requirements for courses recognised by the ESRC-
- SOCM008 
- SOCM002A 
- POLM809 
- POLM063 

  • SOCM002A Philosophy of the Social Sciences 1 15
  • SOCM008 Methodology and Research Skills in Sociology 15
  • POLM063 Qualitative Methods in Social Research 15
  • POLM809 Applied Quantitative Data Analysis 15
  • LAWM640 Dissertation 60
  • LAWM686 Approaches to Research in Law (ESRC) 15
  • LAWM687 Socio-Legal Research Skills 30

Optional modules
This is then contextualised in one of the following specialist modules with a view to the student undertaking their dissertation in this area:

  • LAWM063 Human Dignity and Human Rights in the EU 15
  • LAWM631 Human Rights and International Business Policy 15
  • LAWM689 The Family, Law and Social Change 15

Entry Requirements

You will be expected to have obtained a Law degree of at least UK 2:1 Honours or equivalent, or a degree in a social science subject, eg. Psychology, Sociology or Social Policy. Non-law students will be required to take the pathway in 'Approaches to Reserach in Law'. 

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

The MRes Socio-Legal Research offers you the benefit of combining sought after legal and social science research skills, which are extremely useful to a wide range of employers.

Current and former students have, for example, undertaken research on projects of interest to academics and professionals working in the fields of family law, the legal profession and the prison service using empirical research methods.