The MSc/MRes Applied Social Research

This MRes programme covers six subject areas: Applied Social Science, Education, Film, Media and Journalism, Management, Nursing, Midwifery and Health and Sports Studies. There is a core of four shared modules in generic research skills, plus specialist disciplinary modules and a range of options. They combine high quality with flexibility and choice for students. Employability is another important focus, with the opportunity for a research placement offered to all MRes students.

We are looking forward to welcoming you onto the programme this year! Before you arrive, you may wish to take a look at the {vacation reading list} to give you a guide for the coming semester. This can be provided on request by the programme secretary. In your first week there will be a full induction session where you will get to meet key staff and a full range of materials will be provided. There is a student handbook and module guides, and you will be given an introduction to the University’s Library, Information and Technology systems. This includes an introduction to our online student resource platform, Succeed. We are keen to make sure you have everything you need, so please contact if you have any questions or requests for more information.

The Applied Social Research programme induction will take place on Friday 16th September between 9-5pm.

Reading lists

All available core texts for this programme can be found below. Further information will be posted here and on Succeed as soon as it is available. 

Core Texts

Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of Garner, R. (2005). The Joy of Stats: A Short Guide to Introductory Statistics in the Social Sciences. Peterborough, Can.: Broadview Press.

Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of Wright, D. B., & London, K. (2009). First (and Second) Steps in Statistics. London: Sage.

Core Texts

Hantrais, L (2008) International Comparative Research: Theory, Methods and Practice.  Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Øyen, E (ed) (1990) Comparative Methodology: Theory and practice in international social research. London:  Sage.

Ragin, C (1994) Constructing Social Research. Thousand Oaks: Pine Forge Press. (see Chapter 5)

Robertson, D (2008) Looking into Housing: A practical guide to housing research. Coventry: Chartered Institute of Housing / Housing Studies Association. (see Chapter 13)

Esping-Andersen, G (1990)The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism.London: Polity Press.

Core Texts

Biggam, J. (2015) Succeeding with your Master'sDissertation, Berkshire: Open University Press/McGraw Hill Education

Rudestam, K. & Newton, R. (2015) Surviving your dissertation: a comprehensive guide to content and process (4th Edition), London: Sage

Core Texts

McLaughlan, E.. & Muncie, J. (2013) (3rd Edition) Criminological Perspectives, Sage

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