How You'll Study
Teaching includes a range of interactive methods and approaches to learning in order to enhance students’ critical thinking, presentation and interpersonal skills. MSc: 12 months full-time, over 3 semesters/24 months part-time over 6 semesters. Courses are taught on an 11 week basis per semesters. Students will typically attend six hours of lectures/seminars per week. Prospective students requiring a visa to study in the UK are advised to apply as early as possible to secure a place. Applicants received after 30 June (September intake) from students who need to apply for a visa will not be processed in time for entry, but will be considered for entry into the next intake as appropriate.
Assessment takes a variety of forms, including essays, assignments, reports and presentations for each individual course module and a 15,000 word dissertation on an agreed independent topic relevant to the Masters Programme. The variety of assessment in the programme ensures that students apply theory to practice and become expert communicators and team players. The programme is designed for full-time or part-time students
Why Study Social Science?
The MRes in Social Science provides you with an excellent range of research and analytical skills which are in demand across the globe.
The MRes in Social Science is taught by a dynamic community of scholars, all of which are research experts in their field.
The MRes is an interdisciplinary research programme taught in the School of Social Science. The School provides an exciting and vibrant research-led environment of the highest quality.
The MRes in Social Science provides you with the flexibility to work within the public, private and third sector organizations in many contexts, including policy.
The MRes in Social Science is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Centre (ESRC) as well as the Scottish Government Postgraduate Student Award Scheme.
We provide a number of related research centres, such as the Institute for Conflict, Transition, and Peace Research (ICTPR) and the Centre for Global Security and Governance, as well as a world-class library, computer facilities, reading rooms, study spaces and a range of cafes to suit all international tastes.
The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.
Applicants for admission will normally be expected to hold a relevant Honours degree with a 2:1 standard from a recognised university or body.
Applicants without this qualification may be admitted subject to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of work experience appropriate to the field of study. Also taken into careful consideration is the trajectory of results, an applicant without an overall 2.1 but with 2.1 results in their final two years of study may be admitted.
The MRes is a research degree in the sense that, alongside courses in research methods, students work out their own specific research topic under the supervision of the department. Many students, but not all, intend to go on to study for a PhD, in which case the dissertation written at the end of the MRes may serve as the foundation of a PhD research proposal. To apply for MRes, please include a short outline of your intended research theme. This need not be very detailed, up to about 1000 words in length.
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English Language Requirements
To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:
OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0
OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21
OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 54; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54
Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:
OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169
Read more about specific English Language requirements here.
You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
Reference x 2
two reference letters, one of which should be from your university discussing your academic ability. If you have been out of education for a long time you may wish to use your current or most recent employers, or other professional individuals