What will I learn?

What makes the MRes in Sociology at Worcester special?

This is a unique opportunity for you to work with national and international experts in Sociology while, at the same time, developing yourself as an expert in the field.

One of very few such courses in the UK, this MRes will enable you to acquire fundamental research skills while carrying out a major research project of your choice. The MRes offers an ideal bridge to further postgraduate study (e.g. a PhD) or to acquire, transferrable employer-related skills.

Key features

  • A bridge from undergraduate to postgraduate study
  • Develop advanced research skills (e.g. in areas such as literature review and research methods)
  • Work with national and international experts in your field
  • Carry out a major research project in a topic of your choice
  • Acquire transferrable skills in areas such as project planning and management, time management, research and data analysis, digital literacy and report writing

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative.

Where could it take you?

This course will help you to develop both intellectual and technical competencies in research. It will prepare you for academic careers by covering the fundamental components of academic research: developing a topic, literature review, method and analysis, and the planning and execution of a substantial piece of written or practical research. Through the 'apprenticeship' model, your work will be closely integrated with that of an expert supervisor and with an academic department giving you valuable experience of contributing to and working within a community of scholars. This will allow possible development towards further postgraduate research such as a PhD. From our first intake onto the MRes programme in 2016-17, two of our graduates went on to gain competitive, fully-funded 3 year PhD bursaries in the region.

An MRes in Sociology will also help you to progress towards a career in equivalent research-based employment. This might include, for example, working for government departments, NGOs, campaign groups, charitable trusts, or in education, social policy or welfare. In the context of an ever-expanding information economy, an MRes would prepare you for work in any organisation looking for literate and research trained staff. Further support will be available to you via the Research School's Student Researcher Development Programme. This provides workshops in, amongst other things, oral presentations, public engagement, writing CVs, bid writing, and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Which department am I in?

University of Worcester

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£14,100.00 (US$ 19,407) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

University of Worcester

Henwick Grove,

Worcester,

Worcestershire,

WR2 6AJ, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a 4 year Bachelor degree.

For international students

You will normally be expected to have: A First or Upper Second-Class Honours (2:1) Degree, or equivalent award, in Sociology or a related subject and/or Appropriate research or professional experience, which can be verified by evidence of achievement. This includes, for example, research related experience in a government organisation, NGO, campaign group, charitable trust, or in social policy, education, welfare, etc. International applicants will be required to demonstrate comparable prior subject experience and to have an appropriate level of written and spoken English (normally an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6 in written English).

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

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