Entry requirements

An honours degree with a minimum of a 2:1 in a relevant first degree or equivalent.

We welcome applications from students who have achieved a 2:2 degree which will be considered individually. In such instances the applicant will need to demonstrate appropriate evidence of research engagement alongside professional experience within their personal statement.

Students starting this course will be conducting their extended research project within the Department of Health and Social Sciences.

Please download the research projects/topics for MRes in Social Sciences list to either select your preferred project or identify a topic of interest. The list identifies projects/topics that will be supported in the various research groups within the department has been compiled for 2017/2018. If you have a topic of interest that is not listed, please get in touch so that we can discuss this with you.

You should build your application around your topic of interest and if we choose to invite you in for interview, we will organise this with the most appropriate supervisor.

Months of entry


Course content

Why MRes Social Sciences?

Whether it's changing policy on human trafficking, tackling negative body image issues, or helping young people live healthier lives, we are pioneering exciting developments in social sciences.

Our Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) is world-renowned for its research on appearance, disfigurement and related issues.

Our Centre for Health and Clinical Research conducts life-changing research into long-term conditions, children and young people, emergency and critical care and patient and public involvement. This is done in collaboration with charities, health services, corporates, governments and academia from all over the world.

Find out more about our pioneering research at the Centre for Health and Clinical Research.

Why study our course?

With the option to study full-time at UWE Bristol or alongside your work, this course enables you to deepen your knowledge in an area of interest alongside our world-class research community.

After developing a solid grounding in academic research practice, you will focus your research in one of the following subject specialisms:

  • Criminology
  • Environmental Health
  • Philosophy
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Public Health
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Although there is plenty of autonomy, you will be supported throughout by a supervisor. And once you have decided on your research project, you can test hypotheses in well-equipped facilities, which include laboratories for eye tracking, electroencephalograms (EEG) and sports and exercise analysis.

Real world experience

If you are working, you can tailor research to your workplace. Thanks to our diverse partners, there are opportunities to work on innovative projects with organisations ranging from the NHS and Dove, to Avon and Somerset Police. Throughout the course, you will also record research engagement activity so you graduate with a professional training development portfolio that relates to your current or future employment.

Where it can take you

On graduation, you will have advanced skills in design data, collection and analysis, and a strong understanding and evidence base in your area of interest. You can also use credits towards a PhD, so you can continue to deepen your knowledge and research experience.

Fees and funding

Please see our postgraduate funding pages for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

UWE Admissions
+44 (0) 117 328 3333