University of Derby

Social Sciences and Humanities

Develop your potential and profile as a successful researcher on this innovative masters course. It enables you to undertake original research and push the boundaries of knowledge in your specialist area of choice.

  • Focus on a subject pathway which matches your interests and ambitions: you can graduate with an MRes in Social Research, Criminal Psychology, Humanities or Journalism
  • Learn in an inter-disciplinary and research-active environment
  • Build advanced research skills through a series of inspirational masterclasses
  • Conduct your own substantial piece of independent research, with support and supervision from influential academic researchers
  • Join our dynamic and supportive postgraduate community and work with influential researchers on collaborative projects
  • Focus on 'real-world' research: if you are already in employment, you can relate your studies directly to your professional role
  • Learn how to attract funding for research projects and how to share your findings for maximum impact
  • Benefit from a truly interdisciplinary approach to learning, drawing on best research practice from across the social sciences and humanities
  • Boost your future prospects by building an impressive portfolio of transferable skills in data collection, analysis and critical reflection - using evidence to evaluate and solve problems
  • Prepare for a fulfilling career as a researcher or research manager in academia or public, private and voluntary organisation
  • Gain an excellent platform if you want to progress to a PhD
  • Enjoy flexibility in your studies – with the chance to take shorter versions of the course leading to a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma.

*subject to approval

Entry requirements

If you are joining this course directly from undergraduate study, you will need a good honours degree (2:1 or above) and to demonstrate your capacity for research.

If you are joining from professional employment, you will need a good honours degree or evidence of significant professional practice (three years or more) in a relevant field. You could be required to undertake a skills needs analysis to ensure the course is suitable for you.

Course modules

  • Research Philosophy and Methodology
  • A taught introduction to your subject of choice
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Personal Development for Researchers
  • Independent research project

Assessment methods

Assessment methods vary across the curriculum to include both written and oral communication and to reflect both academic and professional skills. All modules have more than one type of assessment.

In many cases, assessment techniques simulate professional employment as a researcher such as producing research outputs and presenting to peers at a conference.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Master of Research - MRes Part-time September 2018 £ 690 per Credit module (Home/EU) 2 Years
Masters in Research (MRes) Full-time September 2018 £ 690 per Credit module (Home/EU) 1 Years
Masters in Research (MRes) Full-time September 2018 £ 13,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Kedleston Road Campus DE22 1GB East Midlands

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