Social Research and Law and Legal Studies (MRes)

Year of entry

2018

Start date

October 2018

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

Duration

One year full-time or two years part-time

Attendance

Three evenings a week full-time or one to two evenings a week part-time, October to September

This is an interdisciplinary social science training programme designed to prepare students for further research in the workplace or for MPhil/PhD study.

The programme covers ontology, epistemology, quantitative and qualitative techniques, and advanced methods masterclasses alongside substantive courses in the area of law and legal studies. All students also carry out an independent dissertation, putting into practice the methods and theoretical concepts they have been taught.

The programme provides a particularly strong environment for theoretically informed, interdisciplinary and socially engaged research.

Highlights

  • Rigorous training in a range of contemporary social research methods, including quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Focuses on research design, addressing critical issues in social research.
  • Interdisciplinary, theoretically informed and creative approach to research, forming an excellent foundation for doctoral progression.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Politics at Birkbeck was ranked 17th in the UK, and Sociology was ranked 13th in the UK.
  • Birkbeck's School of Law is among the top 10 law schools in the UK and in the top three in London in the Times Higher Education 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rankings, while its research environment was judged conducive to producing research of the highest quality.