MSc Policy ResearchFind a programme
|Awards available||MSc , PG Certificate (Postgraduate Certificate), PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)|
One year full-time;
two to five years part-time
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||Yes|
|Open to international students||Yes|
|Start date||September 2017|
Researchers, research managers and policy advisers, as well as service planners, are all faced with a growing need for top-quality research that is timely and relevant. This programme builds on the links between research and policy in developing the particular skills and capacities needed by policy-oriented researchers, professionals and postgraduate students interested in carrying out public policy, social policy and social welfare research. We believe this is vital if researchers are to maximise the impact of their work in addressing real issues of concern to policy-makers and decision-takers.
The programme provides core research training in philosophy and research design in the social sciences, along with introductions to and further approaches in quantitative and qualitative methods in the social sciences. It also offers elective courses in areas of the school's particular research expertise, namely child and family welfare, gender and violence, health and social care, poverty and social exclusion, and policy-oriented evaluation.
We recognise that students will be joining with relevant - albeit varied - experience. Therefore, there will be opportunities for you to draw on your own experiences as researchers, managers and policy advisers and to share these with other participants on the programme. Those who have recently embarked on 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.
Fees for 2017/18
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2017/18
The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC scholarships.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
The programme is delivered through a combination of intensive block teaching and weekly delivery so as to be most accessible to postgraduate students, busy policy professionals and practitioners. The delivery of units on the programme is designed to allow students to accumulate credits flexibly and organise the patterns of attendance to suit their own needs and circumstances.
The MSc and PG Diploma consist of four core units and two optional units. A dissertation of 10-15,000 words is required for the MSc. The PG Certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete three units, two of which must be mandatory units.
- Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences
- Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences
- Introduction to Qualitative Research methods in the Social Sciences
- Further Quantitative Methods or Further Qualitative Methods
You will choose two optional units.
- Further Quantitative Methods or Further Qualitative Methods (if not taken as a core unit)
- Domestic Violence: Research; Policy and Activism
- Researching Poverty, Inequality and Social Inclusion
- Health and Social Care Research
- Researching Child and Family Welfare
- Economics of Public Policy
- Global Contexts of Rights and Disability
- Disabled Childhoods
- a selection of units from our MSc in Public Policy
Please note that some optional units are offered in alternate years. To check which units are running in a given year, contact the programme team in the School for Policy Studies.
An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent). Other qualifications (including those awarded by professional bodies) and relevant professional experience will also be considered. Also required is a personal statement demonstrating evidence of an ability to benefit from the programme.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
|Application method||Online application form|
|English language requirements||
Further information about English language requirements
|Admissions statement||Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.|
The programme stresses the development of policy research and analysis methods, as well as substantive knowledge. In addition to careers in academia, this program prepares students for careers as policy researchers and analysts, research commissioners and managers in public or private agencies or organisations, both in the UK and overseas.
We welcome applications at any time of year. Early application is advised.
Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.
REF 2014 results
- 38% of research is world-leading (4 star)
- 42% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
- 18% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
- 2% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.
Get in touch
Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 954 6785 Email: email@example.comSenior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 954 6785 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
School for Policy Studies
University of Bristol
8 Priory Road
Bristol BS8 1TZ http://www.bristol.ac.uk/sps/studying/postgraduateprogrammes