Social Research and Psychosocial 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 psychosocial 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.

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Highlights

  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK, and Politics 17th.
  • Birkbeck has three research institutes of relevance to students on this degree: Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and Birkbeck Institute of Gender and Sexuality. Each organises regular talks and masterclasses, which our students can attend.
  • 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.
  • Excellent foundation for doctoral social research.
  • Interdisciplinary, theoretically informed and creative approach to research.
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