This course is hosted by the Faculty of Development and Society Graduate School. The Graduate School website provides a communication hub for students and staff engaged in research, information about our research work, and useful contact information.
The course is ideal if you have a first degree in social work or social sciences and you plan to
* work as a researcher or policy developer in agencies providing social work or social care
* carry out research in these and related subject areas
* gain Economic and Social Research Council recognised research training before moving into a PhD
We introduce social research methods and strategies for social work and related professions. The course covers the supporting theories and values as well as issues of design and ethics in undertaking research and evaluation.
The MRes includes a research-based dissertation, which may become a pilot study towards a PhD. The dissertation may form the basis of an academic paper for publication.
* You study a range of research methods including o biographical research o case study ethnography o experimental design o media analysis o survey design and analysis o multivariate statistics and statistical modelling.
Our staff are involved with research in the following areas
* judgement and decision making in professional practice
* pathways into family support
* impact of childhood abuse on adults
* design and delivery of drug and alcohol services
* prediction of recurrence of child protection incidents
* characteristics of long term child protection cases
* cultures of care for looked after children
* evaluating participation of service users and carers
* group work
* practice teaching and learning
* transitions from child to adult mental health services
* European approaches to supervision
Short courses/ Postgraduate Diploma /Postgraduate Certificate
You can take individual modules as short courses or combine them towards a PgDip/PgCert Research Methods in Social Work.
* 60 credits for the postgraduate certificate
* 120 credits for the postgraduate diploma
* 180 credits for the MRes
You chose up to 120 credits from
* qualitative methodologies and interviewing skills
* qualitative research designs
* discourse and linguistic theory and analysis
* quantitative and survey research
* multivariate statistical analysis
* survey design
* advanced design and statistics for psychology
* current debates in social work theory and values
* planning and managing social work research and evaluation
You may substitute up to 30 credits from another course in our MRes programme.
For the MRes you complete a 60 credit dissertation, supervised by our staff in an area of your choice. This piece of work displays the skills you have learned and your understanding of the research process and underlying philosophies.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
This course has Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognition as training for research students in social work.