Taught course

Social Work

University of Bath · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates should hold a First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university OR an equivalent degree in another subject, together with substantial relevant work experience. The minimum non-graduate qualifications acceptable for admission to this course are: - A relevant postgraduate diploma or Higher National Diploma passed at the appropriate level. - A relevant professional qualification together with papers passed at an appropriate standard if required by the appropriate Head of Group. - Extended and responsible experience in a relevant field together with authorship of papers of an acceptable academic standard.

Months of entry


Course content

The MRes Social Work programme is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The programme is designed for;

  • Research training (it is not a qualifying programme for those seeking to become social work practitioners),
  • Those developing careers as applied researchers and evaluators in social care,
  • Prospective PhD students in Social Work.

The programme systematically reviews and critically evaluates a range of theories, methodologies and paradigms of research that are relevant to social work, and the application of these to specific areas of social enquiry in which students are specialising.

Within an active research community, students are supported in identifying, investigating and realising their own research. Students are equipped with the skills to contribute to social work research projects using any of the main methodologies of the social sciences.

The excellence of the research undertaken within the Department of Social & Policy Sciences has been recognised most recently by the award of the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011. We were also ranked 2nd in the country in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

Programme Structure:
Core units:

  • Short research apprenticeship project (MRes)
  • Quantitative methods 1: introduction to quantitative methods
  • Ethical issues in research, policy and practice
  • Long research apprenticeship project
  • Research for social work: values, methods and contexts
  • Qualitative methods 1
  • Principles & skills of social research
  • MRes Dissertation

Optional Units:

  • Quantitative methods 2
  • Qualitative methods 2

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 (with not less than 6.5 in each of the four components), or TOEFL 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test) with a score of not less than 4 in TWE, 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#socialpolicy
International students
Please see: http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/fees/taughtfees/hss/index.html#socialpolicy

The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School provides guidance on potential sources of funding (studentships and scholarships) for postgraduate students. For more information, please visit our website.

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
16 months

Further details of qualification

MRes Social Work; PG Diploma in Research (Social Work); PG Certificate in Research (Social Work). (PGCert and PGDip are intermediate qualifications of the MRes).

Course contact details

Admissions Officer
+44 (0)1225 386634