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The MRes Social Science Research Methods degree offers an advanced programme of research training and is ideal preparation for graduates considering a career in research or intending to undertake a PhD.

You will study core Faculty modules that include generic social science research skills, broad based training in social science research methods, and advanced training in qualitative and quantitative methods. You will also receive School-based research skills and subject-based training from which you will acquire the specialist knowledge to allow you to apply the basic principles of social science research and design to your own research projects. The MRes course is available in the following subjects: 

The MRes course is ideal for applicants who are considering going on to study for a PhD. The MRes degree can be studied over one year full-time, or two years part-time. The registration date is September. 

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is an internationally renowned university based in a campus that provides top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 14,000 students. UEA is ranked in the top one per cent of universities in the world and is consistently in the top ten for student satisfaction.

Fees and Funding

Fees for the academic year 2014/2015 are:

  • Home/EU: £6,000 (full-time)
  • International: £12,900

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home/EU students).

Scholarships for 2014 entry

For course entry in September 2014, we are offering six scholarships covering tuition fees (UK/EU rates: £6,000), including a maintenance grant of £5,000 per annum. These scholarships are also available to International students, but a top up to the International fee of £12,900 is needed. The awards are available for September 2014 registration on a full-time basis only.

Scholarships are awarded to students on an academic basis taking into consideration relevant disciplinary background and exceptional academic ability. Applications are invited from those who have or expect to achieve a 2.1 degree or higher in a relevant discipline.

To be considered for one of these six scholarships, we must have received your application by 28 April 2014.

UEA alumni applying for this course will also be eligible for the 10 per cent alumni fee reduction scholarship - further information can be found on our postgraduate scholarships page.

Making your application

Please apply through our online application form and upload a research proposal of approximately 500 words. This proposal should include why you think your topic is important to investigate, a possible methodological approach and a suggested supervisor at the University.

To discuss the application process or particular projects, please contact the Admissions Office, Faculty of Social Sciences, by e-mailing or telephone us on +44 (0)1603 591515.