Research course

Social Science

Plymouth Marjon University · Department of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent.

Sometimes applicants with other degrees are assessed at interview, and an appropriate reading programme prepared for them.

We welcome applications from experienced practitioners with non-traditional qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

This research degree is designed to develop your research and independent study skills and enable you to further explore issue of social science which are of most interest and relevance to your future career.

Flexibility within the programme will allow for the development of different specialisms and disciplinary offerings, for example SEND, Criminology, Social Policy, Education, Sociology and Psychology.
A key feature of the programme is the emphasis on understanding social science developments within broader economic, social and
political contexts, while at the same time facilitating active engagement in the learning process.
In Semester A Students will study two core modules which will immerse them in a range of academic theories and perspectives, including Contemporary issues in Social Science Research and Analysis, as well as one module distinctive to a particular disciplinary or subject specialism. In Semester B the emphasis will be on independent research. All the modules are flexible enough for students to develop their own distinctive research and practice interests.
The exit award will be an MRes Social Science with a named specialism as appropriate. The flexibility of the programme makes it suitable for both international and domestic students, those seeking a pathway into doctoral study, those who are experienced practitioners undertaking senior roles, as well as less experienced students looking to lay the foundations for a new career pathway following a first degree.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

+44 (0)1752 636700