MRes Social Sciences and Humanities

University of Suffolk
Program overview
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025
University of Suffolk

About this program

MRes Social Sciences and Humanities

The Master of Research (MRes) in Social Sciences and Humanities is a flexible, interdisciplinary postgraduate program designed to provide you with advanced theoretical, methodological, and practical research training and prepare you for continuing into a PhD or for future career as researcher in a workplace. The program covers introductory and advanced topics in research methodology and designs, both qualitative and quantitative, and a good grounding in non-primary research design such as systematic review methodology and secondary data research. You will also conduct an independent piece of research as part of a 3000 words dissertation, where you will put into practice the methods and theoretical concepts you have been taught.

While an MRes is a research-oriented degree aimed at training independent researchers, it is important to offer you a more discipline-specific experience. For that this program offers you two options for obtaining a full degree.

As a first option, you have the choice to select a discipline-specific pathway mapped onto one of our existing taught postgraduate programs (MA or MSc) within the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. For that you will need to enrol in a module from and existing MA/MSc course and complete a Dissertation research project on a cognate topic.

As a second choice, if you do not want to enrol on a specific pathway mapped on an existing MA/MSc, and rather prefer to focus on your own area of specialism, you could alternatively enrol in a 20 credits Independent Learning Project module, in lieu of the module from an existing Master program. In this module you can, supported by your academic adviser, pursue a topic in an area of specialism of your choice, within the disciplines of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Admission requirements

Academic Requirements

Have been awarded an undergraduate bachelor’s honours degree in a cognate field at 2:2 or equivalent, or have acquired subject expertise and qualified experience through professional employment that enables the candidate to study successfully at master’s level.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Principles of Research
  • Systematic Review Methodology
  • Advanced Quantitative Methodology
  • Advanced Qualitative Methodology
  • Topic-specific module
  • Dissertation research project
  • Independent Learning Project

Scholarships & funding

  • Vice Chancellor's Global Impact Scholarship: £4,000
  • International Merit Scholarship: £1000-2,000
  • Suffolk Executive MBA Scholarship: £4,000

Program delivery

The course is offered as either full-time or part time. The full-time program will need to be completed within a year (12 months); part-times programs will require a minimum of 2 years. The maximum period of registration for the full-time enrolment is 3 years, and for the part-time enrolment 5 years.


  • Full-time Tuition Fees: £8,496 p.a.
  • International Tuition Fees: £12,996 pa


Upon graduation you will be awarded a MRes Social Sciences and Humanities degree with or without a pathway, depending on the option you chose, as follows:

  • MRes Social Sciences and Humanities
  • MRes Social Sciences and Humanities (Childhood)
  • MRes Social Sciences and Humanities (Education)
  • MRes Social Sciences and Humanities (Criminology)
  • MRes Social Sciences and Humanities (Psychology)
  • MRes Social Sciences and Humanities (History)
  • MRes Social Sciences and Humanities (Psychological Therapies)

Career paths

This Master of Research (MRes) program is aimed specifically at training researchers, either for progression into academic careers through a PhD program, or for professional work as researchers. Therefore, upon successful completion of the program you will have the opportunity to continue developing an academic career by enrolling into a PhD program. Alternatively, this program will also give you the knowledge and skills to work to work in an academic, commercial, or industrial career where good research experience is valuable but does not necessarily require a PhD degree, as research assistant or research associate.

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IP4 1QJ Ipswich Suffolk
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