MRes Social Research and Social Justice
Full time 1 year, part time 2 years
This course is subject to validation.
Do you want to make a difference in the world? Challenge racism and injustice? Find solutions that make life better for everyone?
Do you want to develop high-level research skills relevant to your discipline? Are you considering a career in a research role? Would you like to use your research skills in a community-facing organisation or to enhance a public service?
Learn how to change the world through research and use your skills to speak with authority to global decision makers, to influence organisations and communities and to challenge racism and injustice.
This programme brings together specialist research skills with training in research advocacy and using research for social justice aims. The course is designed to build strategies and structures to challenge and survive the structural racism and inequality of UK and global society, including in universities and research fields.
What makes this course different
Widen your career opportunities
Your skills will open doors to working in industry, public services or a range of community settings
Work with experts
World-class researchers in Social Sciences, Biosciences, Creative Arts and Business and Management
Change the world
Learn how to use your research skills to speak with authority and challenge racism and injustice
How you'll learn
You will be taught by a range of staff, all leading researchers in their fields.
Guided independent study
When not attending timetabled classes, you will be expected to pursue your learning independently through self-directed study, including through guided reading, construction of research briefings, planning social media and mainstream media campaigns, review reports.
Our academic support team is there to support you in every aspect of your course, from training in advanced academic writing to support with your wellbeing and assessments and support for additional needs.
Dedicated personal tutor
You will be assigned an academic adviser who will be your point of contact throughout the programme.
Across the programme, you will spend around 135 hours of scheduled contact time with an academic member of staff. This will include lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary for each module.
As a full-time research student, the MRes demands considerable independent study and research, amounting to around 1600 hours. Much of your timetable will be shaped by your own research project. You will be required to attend a four-hour core module session each week in terms one, two and three. In addition, you will have regular meetings and workshops with tutors and your research supervisor. Timetables for part-time students will reflect modules selected in each year. Modules will take place sometime between the hours of 9am-6pm.
To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally attracts 20 students a year. Some activities such as lectures will include the whole cohort of students, in addition to one-to-one supervision for research project work.
What you'll learn
This programme will offer a high level and distinctive training experience for excellent researchers wishing to leverage their research talents to create impact and positive social change.
All students will undertake:
- A cross-disciplinary course embedding research advocacy in research training, developing tools to navigate and challenge racist and exclusionary institutions;
- A collective reading group to develop a broad-ranging understanding of the histories and impacts of racism and inequality;
- Specialist research training relevant to their discipline;
- Independent research project addressing a real-world problem.
Participants will have access to:
- a world-class research training in their disciplinary area
- an interdisciplinary programme of additional enhancement
- master-classes with high-profile influencers from the broader research landscape
- guest speakers reflecting on the political and cultural significance of creating an anti-racist research community
- one-to-one career planning
- an opportunity to contribute to an outreach programme building awareness of the potential real-world impact of research careers with undergraduate cohorts.
How you'll be assessed
The approximate percentages for this course are:
- 100% coursework
This will include briefings, social media campaigns, research overviews, original research projects.
You will receive detailed feedback on coursework, including one-to-one meetings to discuss drafts and identify strengths and areas for improvement.
We aim to provide feedback on coursework within 20 working days.
Fees and funding
UK full time £7980
UK part-time £3990
International full time £15340
International part-time £7670
UEL offers a number of partial and complete fee waivers for this programme. Waivers will be allocated on a competitive basis.
- Core - Research advocacy and social justice (30 credits)
- Core - Making change through research (30 credits)
- Core - MRes Social Justice research project (120 credits)
Your future career
The programme is designed to prepare students to undertake high-level research in their area of disciplinary specialism, and to tailor research to relevant research audiences including co-production with research users. Programme graduates will have compiled a portfolio of work that demonstrates their ability to tailor research to organisational needs and communicate research processes and outcomes effectively to a wide range of audiences.
Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.
Who teaches on this course
What we're researching
The MRes Social Research and Social Justice is housed in the Institute for Connected Communities, a dedicated research institute leading impactful social research with and for communities. From working with some of the poorest, most marginalised and mobile communities in the UK to promote health and reduce inequalities, to working closely with the UK and international governments, safety tech industry, NGOs and charities in the online harms and cybercrime arenas, we use cutting-edge, evidence-based approaches to produce high-quality research that directly influences policy and practice, and that is always people-led and always focused on impact. Programme leader, Professor Gargi Bhattacharyya, has an international reputation in the study of inequality, racism and racial capitalism.
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