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What will I learn?

Programme overview

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 identify your own needs for training.

The MRes forms part of a suite of interdisciplinary pathways that are delivered as part of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership. This pathway is a collaborative programme delivered across the Universities of Bath, Bristol and Exeter. Core units are taught intensively, with time spent at each location. This collaborative delivery means that the expertise of academics at each institution can be made available to students from all three universities, enhancing the training capacity of each.

Careers

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

Which department am I in?

University of Bristol

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£19,500.00 (US$ 21,130) per year
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Clifton Campus

Tyndall Park Road to Park Row,

Bristol,

BS8 1TH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be considered for admission to a master's degree programme at the University of Bristol, the minimum requirement for entry is an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree that is equivalent to a UK upper second-class degree (also known as a 2:1). A CGPA of 3.2 or above is considered equivalent to a UK upper second-class degree. Students need to have an IELTS 6.0 overall with either listening or speaking at 6.5, with no skill below 6.0.

For international students

An upper second-class degree (or equivalent) with substantive quantitative elements (which is normally considered to be at least 60 credits plus a quantitative dissertation). IELTS: 7.0 overall with 6.5 in all skills; TOEFL iBT: 95 overall with R22, L21, S23, W22; Pearson PTE: 67 overall with 64 in all skills; Cambridge CAE: Grade C, or Level B2 with 184 in writing and 176 in all other skills; Cambridge CPE: Grade C, or Level C1 with 184 in writing and 176 in all other skills; Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level IV: pass in all skills; Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III: merit in writing and pass in all other skills.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Bristol

The University of Bristol is a prestigious and globally renowned research university, with an international community of students, staff and alumni.

  • Ranked 10th amongst UK universities (QS, 2022)
  • Ranked 62nd best university in the world (QS, 2022)
  • Top 5 in the UK for research (THE analysis of REF, 2021)
  • 27,000 students from over 150 countries

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