University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Policy Research

Researchers, research managers and policy advisers, as well as service planners, are all faced with a growing need for top quality research which 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. In addition to providing core research training in philosophy and research design in the social sciences and introductions to and further approaches in quantitative and qualitative methods in the social sciences, the programme offers elective courses in areas of the school's particular research expertise, notably child and family welfare, gender and violence, health and social care, poverty and social exclusion, and policy-oriented evaluation. There will be opportunities for you not only to draw on your own experiences as researchers, managers and policy advisors but also to share these with other participants on the programme. Those who have recently embarked upon 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.

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd Class Honours degree (or equivalent). Other qualifications (including those awarded by professional bodies) and relevant professional experience will also be considered.

Course modules

Core modules: philosophy and research design in the social sciences; introduction to quantitative research methods in the social sciences; introduction to qualitative research methods in the social sciences; further quantitative methods; plus optional units: further qualitative methods; domestic violence: research; policy and activism; health and social care research; researching child and family welfare; researching poverty, inequality and social inclusion; economics of public policy.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Full-time - 1 years
PgDip Full-time - 1 years
MSc Full-time - 1 years
MSc Part-time - 2 years
PgDip Part-time - 2 years
PgCert Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Tyndall Avenue, Bristol Bristol BS8 1TH South West

Key information

Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
Telephone number: 
0117 954 6785