University of Bath

University of Bath


The MRes Sociology: Reviews systematically, and evaluates critically, alternative approaches, methodologies and paradigms of research in sociology; reviews systematically, and evaluates critically, the application of these approaches in the specific areas of social enquiry in which students are specialising; supports students, within an active research community, in identifying, investigating and realising their own original research; equips students with the skills to contribute to research projects using any of the main methodologies of the social sciences. The programme comprises a mix of Faculty wide research based units and departmental disciplinary based specialisations. This programme has a limited intake of students per year, fostering a friendly and supportive learning environment.

Entry requirements

1st or 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university; or an equivalent degree in another subject, together with substantial relevant work experience.English Language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (with not less than 6.5 in each of the 4 components); PTE Academic of 69 with no less than 62 in any component. References: 2 references are required, at least 1 of these must be an academic reference.

Course modules

Core units: short research apprenticeship project (MRes); quantitative methods 1: introduction to quantitative methods; long research apprenticeship project; theoretical issues in sociology; ethical issues in research, policy and practice; qualitative methods 1; principles and skills of social research; MRes dissertation. Optional units: Quantitative methods 2; qualitative methods 2.

Assessment methods

Assessment consists of a combination of coursework essays, class exercises, projects, oral presentations and examinations. We also place strong emphasis on developing presentation and discussion/communication skills, which in many units is part of the assessed work.

Sponsorship information

ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) recognised programme, suitable for ESRC-funded 1+3 awards or subsequent +3 applications.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time £ 14,300 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MRes Full-time £ 4,400 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MRes Full-time £ 4,400 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MRes Part-time £ 7,150 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MRes Part-time £ 2,200 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MRes Part-time £ 2,200 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
The Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies Warminster BA12 8PY South West

Key information

Telephone number: 
01225 386634