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MRes Social Science

Study on a course designed for social sciences graduates who plan to work or complete research in sociology, social policy, and governmental and commercial organisations. The fundamental research methodologies you learn give you the skills to develop or start your career as a researcher in these areas. Our staff offer a wide range of research specialisms for you to benefit from, encompassing sociology, social policy, politics, criminology, education studies, urban studies, youth studies and cultural studies.

Course length 1-3 Year(s)
Location City Campus

Course description

During this course we introduce you to social research methods and strategies, and the supporting theories and philosophies. You can also develop areas of specialist interests and integrate these into your methodological training. On a number of the modules, you meet and discuss research issues with students from our other MRes courses and doctoral level researchers.

This course is for you if you have a first degree in any discipline within social sciences and plan to
• work in areas of social policy and sociology
• carry out research in these and related subject areas such as health, crime and policing, leisure and education policy, town planning or environmental studies.

If you are already working in the field, you and your current employer may see this course as a professional development opportunity, giving you the skills to further your career and current practice.

Our staff are currently involved in research areas including
• labour market and occupational studies
• public health
• discourse and identities
• European, international and comparative politics and policy
• social statistics
• policing studies
• criminology
• urban studies
• labour history
• drug use and rehabilitation
• housing studies
• environment and sustainability
• visual ethnography
• education and social class
• poverty and inclusion
• ethnicity and religion
• media and impact on diversity and equality
• social activism
• sexualities and gender
• teenage pregnancy and parenting
• youth studies, youth work and volunteering
• work and family life
• charities, volunteering and the non-profit sector.

You study a range of research methodologies throughout the course including • interview-based narrative and biographical research • case study and ethnography • media analysis • surveying and sampling • statistical analysis of large data sets. You critique current developments in research methodology then design and conduct your own pieces of original research.

The MRes includes a research-based dissertation, which may become a pilot study towards a PhD. Several recent MRes students have gone onto doctoral level study, in fields such as education and inequality, and activism and sport.

For an informal discussion about this course, please contact Dr Bob Jeffery by e-mail at r.f.jeffery@shu.ac.uk

This course is hosted by the Faculty of Development and Society Graduate School. The Graduate School website provides a communication hub for students and staff engaged in research, information about our research work, and useful contact information.

You can take individual modules as short courses or combine them towards a PgDip/PgCert Research Methods in Sociology, Planning and Policy.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Typically a 2.2 degree in a suitable subject. For example,sociology, social policy, criminology, cultural studies, youth studies, education, politics, urban studies, human geography, community studies, subcultural studies, audience studies, health policy, sexualities, policing, and drug rehabilitation. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

International students must have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skill areas.

2018 entry requirements

Typically a 2.2 degree in a suitable subject. For example,sociology, social policy, criminology, cultural studies, youth studies, education, politics, urban studies, human geography, community studies, subcultural studies, audience studies, health policy, sexualities, policing, and drug rehabilitation. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

International students must have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skill areas.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Full-time – one year
Part-time – typically three years
Depending on your route and start date (September or January), classes run in the evenings and/or in blocks of study during the day. Please contact us for more details.

Typical modules may include

Course design

You need

• 180 credits for the MRes

You choose up to 120 credits from the following modules
• qualitative methodologies and interviewing skills
• qualitative research designs and ethnography
• discourse and linguistic theory and analysis
• survey design
• introduction to survey analysis
• multivariate statistical analysis
• philosophies of research and design
• research philosophies in today's sociology

You may choose to substitute 30 credits from another course within our MRes programme.

To gain the MRes you must present a 60-credit research-based dissertation in an area of your choice. This piece of work is supervised by our staff and gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the skills you have learned and your understanding of the research process and philosophies.

Assessment Includes
  • essays
  • research projects
  • presentations
  • research proposals

Employability

This course gives you the skills needed to carry out independent research. You learn to consider the research problems and associated ethical issues, select a suitable approach, and design and conduct your study. The skills and knowledge you gain are in great demand by many organisations. The Economic and Social Research Council have noted that there is a significant lack of the high-level skills in statistical analysis provided by this course.

Our previous graduates have begun various careers including
• staff nurse for BMI General Healthcare – Thornbury Hospital, Sheffield
• research administrator – Graduate Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield
• high executive officer – Department for Education and Employment, Sheffield
• trainee probation officer – National Probation Service, Nottingham
• research fellow and lecturer – Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield

Others have moved into PhD research.

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2017/18 academic year

Full-time – typically £6,400 for the course year

Part-time – typically £2,135 a year for 3 years

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,280 are available across the majority of subject areas. Find out more and check course eligibility.

2018/19 academic year

Full-time – £6,590 for the course
Part-time – £2,200 a year for three years

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £13,250 for the course

2018/19 academic year

£13,250 for the course

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

How to apply

Apply now by completing our online application form.

Full time

Apply for January 2018 (12 months)

Apply for September 2018 (12 months)

Part time

Apply for January 2018 (36 months)

Apply for September 2018 (36 months)

If you require an alternate version of the application form please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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