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Masters in Research (MRes) Social Research (Sustainable Futures)

Bristol, University of the West of England

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  • Qualification

    MRes - Master of Research

  • Location

    Frenchay Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


UWE Bristol is one of five universities that makes up the South West Doctoral Training Partnership - a consortium accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council to provide specialist postgraduate research training in the social sciences.

Gain an in-depth understanding of conducting social research, and use your skills to carry out your own research study on this specially designed MRes Social Research course. The course provides excellent preparation for social science doctoral study or for research careers in the public or private sectors. It fulfils the pre-requisite for studying a PhD at UWE Bristol through the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) on the Sustainable Futures pathway.

Policy-making, planning and management across society and the economy needs to be underpinned by robust social scientific evidence. Focusing on the 'societal challenge' - how to promote sustainable futures - this MRes Social Research will give you the skills to critically evaluate existing evidence and conduct your own social research project with an interdisciplinary framing.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching will consist of a mix of scheduled lectures, seminars and workshops to the whole group, and one-to-one supervision with your designated supervisor. You will be supported through directed learning and independent study, and engage in essential reading, research, assignment preparation and completion.

You will benefit from a high level of close supervision, allowing you to hone and develop your research skills. On some modules, you will also be expected to attend and evaluate professional seminars held by research groups within the South West Doctoral Training Partnership.

The tutors you will work with are all experts in their field, with extensive experience of research themselves. Many of them are active members of UWE Bristol's research centres and have extensive links with industry and other organisations.

Careers / Further study

If you're joining the course with the aim of undertaking a PhD, the MRes Social Research is a prerequisite for the South West Doctoral Training Partnership's 1+3 route. The course is also relevant for graduates seeking to build a research career - and provides an excellent foundation for research positions in both the public and private sectors. Students might go on to work on research in organisations such as the NHS, local government or the Office for National Statistics. Others may decide to stay in academia, and take on a research or teaching position.

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University information

Bristol, University of the West of England

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  • Campus address

    Bristol, University West of England, (UWE), Coldharbour Lane, Frenchay, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS16 1QY, England

From inspiring teaching staff with strong industry links, to modern buildings and purpose-built facilities, UWE Bristol has all that students need to succeed.
With an excellent reputation for graduate employability and industry partnerships, you'll benefit from opportunities to enhance your career prospects.
Bristol is a bustling, welcoming city with a strong multicultural community – frequently named as one of the best places to live, work and study in the UK.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    51st out of 105 11

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    113 59%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    50 50%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.17 83%



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