1 year full-time,
2 years part-time
This course is ideal for research training in social work. It is not suitable if you would like to become a qualified social worker; instead you should look at the MA in Social Work.
You'll undertake intensive research training which will equip you for the skills to carry out your own research. You'll also become adept at critically interpreting the research of others.
During this course you'll undertake your own research project in which you'll explore an aspect of social work that you find interesting.
This research-based course will give you a foundation of research skills through the taught modules. From a broad introduction to social research methods you'll go on to focus on research in a social work context. You follow this with modules that guide you through advanced research methods.
You'll then progress to developing your own research project; with the guidance of your individual supervisor you'll produce a 15,000 - 20,000 word dissertation.
You'll study a series of taught modules that concentrate on social research techniques and specifically address researching social work. You'll acquire the skills required to develop and carry out your own research dissertation.
You'll also complete a dissertation, from 15,000 to 20,000 words, as part of the MRes. The dissertation will allow you to demonstrate your skill at independent research and apply insights from the taught modules to explore and analyse issues in social work. You'll have an individual dissertation supervisor who will provide regular guidance.
Your dissertation will require the design, collection and analysis of research data. It may be a self contained project, or you may plan for a subsequent research degree.
Previous dissertations have explored a number of areas of social work, including:
Modules are composed of lectures, workshops and seminars and where you can discuss the lectures and readings in a group. The modules are designed exclusively for postgraduate students, allowing you to study the issues at a more advanced level.
Our academics are have extensive experience in professional social work and are active researchers.
You'll also be able to attend department events, including the Making Research Count seminar series.
You will be continually assessed based mainly on essays and reports and you will receive written feedback on all assessed work.
You'll complete a 15,000 - 20,000 word dissertation as part of your own specialist research project. You'll also have the opportunity to present your research as it progresses to a wider audience as part of our dissertation workshops.
This course is suitable as a basis for further study, such as a PhD in Social Work. You will also gain relevant and highly sought-after skills that qualify you for a research career in academic institutions, local and central government or related organisations.
You should have at least a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent qualification. You will usually have the equivalent of one year's full-time experience working in social care, health care or related voluntary work.
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If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability.