Taught course


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.

Months of entry


Course content

The MRes Sociology:

  • Reviews systematically, and evaluates critically, alternative approaches, methodologies and paradigms of research in sociology.
  • Reviews systematically, and evaluates critically, the application of these approaches in the specific areas of social enquiry in which students are specialising.
  • Supports students, within an active research community, in identifying, investigating and realising their own original research.
  • Equips students with the skills to contribute to research projects using any of the main methodologies of the social sciences.

The programme comprises a mix of Faculty-wide research-based units and departmental disciplinary-based specialisations.

This programme has a limited intake of students per year, fostering a friendly and supportive learning environment.

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
  • Long research apprenticeship project
  • Theoretical issues in sociology
  • Ethical issues in research, policy and practice
  • 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

PlesaseThe 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


part time
21 months
full time
9 months


part time
16 months
full time
4 months

Course contact details

Admissions Officer
+44 (0)1225 386634