University of Bristol

Policy Research

Researchers, research managers, policy advisers and service planners are all faced with a growing need for 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. 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 taught in collaboration with other postgraduate programmes, providing a co-learning environment and giving you the opportunity to interact and share insights with other interest groups.

Entry requirements

MSc: An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) a relevant social sciences discipline, such as sociology, social work, psychology, economics, political science, management, history, philosophy or law, and a personal statement that evidences your ability to benefit from this programme. Other qualifications (including those awarded by professional bodies) and relevant professional experience will also be considered. See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

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 2019 7,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,300 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,300 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 17,800 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,300 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,650 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,650 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,650 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,650 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,650 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2019 5,840 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2019 5,840 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2019 5,840 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2019 5,840 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2019 5,840 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2019 5,840 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2019 14,240 per Year 1 (International) 1 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