Research course

Applied Social Sciences - Research

University of Strathclyde · School of Applied Social Sciences

Entry requirements

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Months of entry


Course content

The School of Applied Social Sciences has three main research clusters which bring together staff across the Faculty and wider University.

Children & Young People
Research in this area focuses on the experiences of young people and children in different social contexts, including looked after children, children in poverty, and children in families involved in international mobility. Our focus on looked after children and those in residential care includes analysis of the impact of physical restraint, ethics of care and levels of educational attainment. This research informs the work of the internationally renowned Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS). The Centre enables working in partnership with national agencies and government in key research areas around permanence and transitions in care. We also have research strengths in teen brain research and how social conditions of poverty, mobility and race impact of the education of young people.

Adult Social Work Services & Practices
Our research strengths in this area include professional community care and, in particular, the role of multi-agency approaches to care, with an emphasis on how assistive technologies and collaborative delivery of care improve levels of permanency. Specific expertise in ethics and community justice is informing social care policy in Scotland and is at the heart of the professional development aspects of knowledge exchange in this area. Collaborations with international partners through the United Nations and in South America and Asia are enabling new perspectives on the provision of social care in communities.

Resilient Communities
We contribute to international research into the creation of communities which are economically, socially and environmentally resilient, and social and cultural diversity is both celebrated and contested. Projects funded by the Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in collaboration with skills agencies and community development organisations are informing government policy making on future communities. Collaboration with national agencies working with migrants is at the heart of research focussing on the experiences of those involved with migration (especially from eastern Europe and Africa) and on the formation of identity and cultural expressions in communities.

This area also includes expertise in mental health and disability, with policy impacts through membership of Scottish Government advisory and working groups. Our knowledge exchange acitivity in this area includes collaboration with health service providers and with third sector organisations coming together for the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival.

Qualification and course duration


full time
33 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Graduate School
0141 444 8455