Research course

Research Degrees in the Institute for Applied Social Research

University of Bedfordshire · Department of Applied Social Studies
MA by researchMSc by researchMPhilPhD

Entry requirements

Applicants for a research degree should have a good honours degree (2:1 or above), or a Master's degree or equivalent in the relevant subject area. For MSc/MA by Research a good Honours degree (2:2 or above) is required in the appropriate subject.

All international/overseas research degree applicants for whom English is not their first language* are required to have a UKVI recognised English language qualification (ELQ). Please note that the test must have been taken no more than two years prior to application.

Applicants who have successfully completed a degree from a UKVI-recognised English-speaking institute may use this as proof of English proficiency.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

The Institute focuses on Applied Research in social contexts and offers opportunities to study for research based degrees alongside nationally and internationally recognised experts and within specialised research groups.

Key features

  • Attend and present research through events organised by the Making Research Count network

Career opportunities

A research degree can enhance a range of careers in practice, policy, research or academia.

The University welcomes research degree applications in the following areas:

Research areas of special interest include the Forced Migration Research Group and the Substance Misuse and Ageing Research Team (SMART). We are therefore interested in recruiting students that work on the following research areas:

  • Social Work/Social Care (practice, policy or legal issues)
  • Safeguarding adults or children
  • Child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation
  • Exploitation nd trafficking of children and young people
  • Domestic Violence
  • Children in need and family support
  • Children in care (CIC), adoption, and leaving care
  • Drug and alcohol use/misuse (social issues)
  • Welfare policy in relation to children and young people
  • Refugee, asylum and migration studies, particularly in relation to unaccompanied children/young people
  • Youth Justice
  • Violence and youth gangs
  • Systemic therapy, supervision and pedagogy
  • Systemic leadership, organisational consultancy and community development
  • Particular methodologies - participatory research, CMO, evaluations, and quasi-experimental studies

Fees and funding

For details on the financial support on offer at the University of Bedfordshire please visit our website.

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

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part time
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MSc by research

full time
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part time
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part time
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part time
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Course contact details

Research Graduate School
0300 3300 073