This programme aims to develop the student's interest in and knowledge and understanding of:
Researchers, research managers and policy advisers, as well as service planners, are all faced with a growing need for top quality research which is timely and relevant. This programme has been designed for people in these positions within statutory, voluntary and charitable sector organisations.
Those who have recently embarked upon 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.
In contrast to many others, this programme builds on the links between research and policy in developing the particular skills and capacities needed by policy researchers. We believe this is vital if policy researchers are to maximise the impact of their work in addressing real issues of concern to policy makers.
The programme aims to develop the particular skills and capacities of policy researchers, but recognises that students will be joining with relevant, albeit varied, experience. There will, therefore, be opportunities for students not only to draw on their own experiences as researchers, managers and policy advisors but also to share these with other participants on the programme.
The Masters in Policy Research is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a research training programme for the ESRC SWDTC Pathway in Social Policy.
The School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol is pleased to be able to offer PhD studentships in Social Policy or Social Work. Studentships cover maintenance and fees for UK residents for full-time or part-time beginning in October 2013.
Closing date for applications is 14th February 2013.
All candidates must fulfil relevant ESRC academic and residential eligibility criteria. Candidates who have already completed a programme of research training at Masters Level are eligible for a 3 year award (PhD only). Candidates who have not completed a programme of research training at Masters Level are eligible for a 4 year award (1 year MSC in Policy Research/Social Work Research + 3 year PhD). Please click on the link for further information about the SWDTC.
Potential applicants are welcome to discuss these opportunities further with the Postgraduate Research Admissions Officers, Dr Anne Haase (email@example.com)
The criteria against which applications will be assessed are:
The programme is delivered through a series of intensive three day block visits held in Bristol so as to be most accessible to busy policy professionals and practitioners. Each unit is delivered during one of these visits, which usually last three days, allowing you to accumulate credits flexibly and organise the pattern of visits to suit your own needs and circumstances.
The programme consists of a combination of four (4) mandatory and two (2) optional units and a research-based dissertation (10-15,000 words, equivalent to three (3) units or 60 credit points) which is undertaken over a period of up to 12 months. The programme is scheduled on an academic year cycle. However, part-time students will still be able to take units at times which suit their circumstances and can take up to 5 years to complete the programme.
All programme units – mandatory and optional – run only if sufficient students express an interest in registering at any particular time. If less than eight students plan to register it is unlikely that the unit will run in any given academic year. In addition, elective units offered typically change from year to year based on student numbers.
The programme leads to one of three awards: MSc, PG diploma or PG certificate. The award of the MSc, diploma and certificate requires all assessed work to achieve a mark of at least 50.
The MSc is awarded for the successful completion of six units (four mandatory and two optional) plus a dissertation (10,000-15,000 words, equivalent to three units or 60 credit points) and can be taken in not less than one and not more than five years. We anticipate most students will take between two and three years to gain the MSc.
The diploma is awarded for the successful completion of six units (four mandatory and two optional) but does not require a dissertation.
The certificate is awarded for the successful completion of three units. Students should discuss with the Programme Director which set of units they would like to take, bearing in mind that at least two of the three should be selected from the mandatory units.
Through the course of the programme you will be able to extend your knowledge of:
You will also have the opportunities to develop your skills in: