Lancaster University

Lancaster University

Child Welfare

This programme enables you to gain the knowledge and analytical skills needed to enhance child welfare practice. Essential research training will allow you to make better use of agency data, undertake small scale agency based action research, and make informed use of national and international research for best practice. Given the current emphasis within children�s services on evidence based practice and robust analytic skills, the MRes is ideal for increasing employability. It is also an essential stepping stone for further research at doctoral level for those wanting to work in policy, research or teaching by opening doors to funded PhD places.

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd Class Honours degree, or its equivalent but exceptions may be made for candidates with substantial practice experience or other relevant qualifications. Students whose 1st language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Compulsory modules include: Advances in child protection; child welfare and social pedagogy; strengths based approaches in child welfare. Option modules may include: Research projects in practice: From design to dissemination; contemporary debates in sociology; science, technology and society; secondary data analysis; quantitative research methods; qualitative methods in the social sciences; philosophies of social science; discourse analysis.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on assignments and the dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time £ 6,250 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MRes Full-time £ 14,200 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MRes Full-time £ 5,950 per Academic year (EU fees) 12 months
MRes Part-time £ 3,125 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MRes Part-time £ 3,125 per Academic year (EU fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Lancaster University Lancaster LA1 4YW North West

Key information

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