Taught course

Social Research and Psychosocial Studies

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy
Qualifications
MRes

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Entry requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Our MRes Social Research and Psychosocial Studies is an interdisciplinary social science training programme designed to prepare you for further research in the workplace or for MPhil/PhD study.

The course covers ontology, epistemology, quantitative and qualitative techniques, and advanced methods masterclasses alongside substantive courses in the area of psychosocial studies. You will also carry out an independent dissertation, putting into practice the methods and theoretical concepts you have been taught.

The course 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 most recent 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 Gender and Sexuality. Each organises regular talks and masterclasses, which our students can attend.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Student Advice Service
Email
studentadvice@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 3907 0700