Taught course

Social Research

University of Aberdeen · Sociology

Entry requirements

Applicants for admission are expected to hold a relevant Honours degree with at least 2:1 standard from a recognised educational body. In exceptional circumstances, applicants without this qualification may be admitted if they have an alternative qualification, or an approved level of work experience.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MRes in Social Research is a one-year research degree, combining specialist and generic training to equip you to undertake advanced doctoral study and to conduct social research in the public, private and third sectors. The degree programme comprises four taught courses, two per semester, followed by a supervised research project in the summer semester. The MRes is recognised under the Economic & Social Research Council’s Scottish Doctoral Training Program, Sociology Pathway. The Diploma in Social Research, comprising of the four taught courses, also offers an intensive training which is recognised under the Scottish Government’s Postgraduate Awards Scheme (PSAS).

The MRes programme provides you with an advanced training in social research. It equips you with the skills needed to undertake independent research based on a wide range of methodologies. The dissertation allows you to develop practical, intellectual and critical skills in an area of your interest. The skills gained can be used across many employment areas and if you wish, to undertake a PhD in Sociology, the programme provides the support and training required to complete the first stages of doctoral research.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months
part time
21 months


full time
4 months
part time
9 months

Course contact details

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