Taught course

Child Welfare

Lancaster University · Sociology

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent but exceptions may be made for candidates with substantial practice experience or other relevant qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

This course can be taken on a full-time or flexible part-time basis and consists of six taught modules plus a 15,000 word dissertation.

This programme enables you to gain the knowledge and analytical skills needed to enhance child welfare practice. Essential research training will allow you to make better use of agency data, undertake small scale agency-based action research, and make informed use of national and international research for best practice.

Given the current emphasis within children’s services on evidence-based practice and robust analytic skills, the MRes is ideal for increasing employability. It is also an essential stepping stone for further research at doctoral level for those wanting to work in policy, research or teaching by opening doors to funded PhD places.


Compulsory modules

· Advances in Child Protection

· Child Welfare and Social Pedagogy

· Strengths Based Approaches in Child Welfare

Optional modules

· Research Projects in Practice: From Design to Dissemination

· Contemporary Debates in Sociology

· Science, Technology and Society

· Secondary Data Analysis

· Quantitative Research Methods

· Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences

· Philosophies of Social Science

· Discourse Analysis

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7250 per year
International students
£15,500 per year


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 593148
+44 (0)1524 592475