University of Bristol

Policy Research

Researchers, research managers, policy advisers and service planners are all faced with a growing need for top-quality research that is timely and relevant. This programme builds on the links between research and policy in developing the particular skills and capacities needed by policy-oriented researchers, professionals and postgraduate students interested in carrying out public policy, social policy and social welfare research. We believe this is vital if researchers are to maximise the impact of their work in addressing issues of real concern to policy-makers. The programme provides core research training in philosophy and research design in the social sciences, along with introductions to and further approaches in quantitative and qualitative methods in the social sciences. It also offers optional units in areas of the school's particular research expertise, such as child and family welfare, gender and violence, health and social care, poverty and social exclusion, and policy-oriented evaluation, led by academics who are at the top of their field. We recognise that students will be joining with relevant - albeit varied - experience. Therefore, there will be opportunities for you to draw on your own experiences as researchers, managers and policy advisers and to share these with other participants on the programme. Those who have recently embarked on a career in policy research, or who hope to do so, will find the programme offers a unique combination of academic rigour, up-to-date policy content and relevant skills development. Core units are also taught in collaboration with other postgraduate programmes, providing a unique co-learning environment and allowing students an opportunity to interact and share insights with other interest groups.

Course modules

The programme is delivered through a combination of intensive block teaching and weekly delivery to ensure it is as accessible as possible to postgraduate students, busy policy professionals and practitioners. The way units are delivered allows students to accumulate credits flexibly and organise their patterns of attendance to suit their needs and circumstances. The MSc and Postgraduate Diploma consist of four core units and two optional units. A dissertation of 10-15,000 words is required for the MSc. The Postgraduate Certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete three units, two of which must be from the list of core units. Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Research or our MSc in Policy Research. (http://www.bris.ac.uk/unit-programme-catalogue/RouteStructure.jsa?byCoho...)

Sponsorship information

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC scholarships.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 GBP 3,250 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2018 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2018 GBP 13,200 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Clifton Campus BS8 1TH South West

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Key information

Contact: 
Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
Telephone number: 
01179546785