Taught course


University of Bath · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A good quality first degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject and relevant experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The MRes Programme is a Faculty wide, cross-disciplinary research training course with an Education strand which provides high quality training to potential doctoral students as well as a stand-alone qualification to train social science researchers. The Programme has four broad aims to enable students to review systematically, and to evaluate critically:

- alternative approaches, methodologies and paradigms of research in social and educational enquiry
- the application of these approaches in the specific areas of social and educational enquiry in which students are specialising.

And to:

- support students, within an active research community, in identifying and investigating their own original research questions
- equip students with the skills to contribute to research projects using any of the main methodologies of the social sciences.

Programme Structure:
Semester one units:

Contemporary Issues in Educational Research 1 : Critical Users
Principles and Skills of Social Research
Qualitative Methods 1
Quantitative Methods 1: introduction to quantitative methods
Short Research Apprenticeship Project

Semester two units:

Contemporary issues in educational research 2: competent producers
Quantitative methods 2 or Qualitative methods 2
Independent research essay
Long research apprenticeship project

You will also complete a 15,000 word Dissertation.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 (with not less than 6.5 in each of the four components) TOEFL 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test) (TWE: 4) or 100 (internet-based test) with not less than 24 in each of the components.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see: http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/fees/taughtfees/hss/index.html#education
International students
Please see: http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/fees/taughtfees/hss/index.html#education

This programme is recognised as being part of the Education Discipline Pathway, in the ESRC-funded South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC). Applicants to this programme are therefore able to apply for ESRC-funded 1+3 studentships.

View information on the funding opportunities visit our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Officer
+44 (0)1225 386545