12 months
14700 GBP/year
6550 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Develop your potential and profile as a successful researcher on this innovative Social Sciences and Humanities course from University of Derby. It enables you to undertake original research and push the boundaries of knowledge in your specialist area of choice.

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  • Focus on a subject pathway which matches your interests and ambitions: you can graduate with an MRes in Social Research, Criminal Psychology, Humanities or Journalism
  • Learn in an inter-disciplinary and research-active environment
  • Build advanced research skills through a series of inspirational masterclasses
  • Conduct your own substantial piece of independent research, with support and supervision from influential academic researchers
  • Join our dynamic and supportive postgraduate community and work with influential researchers on collaborative projects
  • Focus on ‘real-world’ research: if you are already in employment, you can relate your studies directly to your professional role
  • Learn how to attract funding for research projects and how to share your findings for maximum impact
  • Benefit from a truly interdisciplinary approach to learning, drawing on best research practice from across the social sciences and humanities
  • Boost your future prospects by building an impressive portfolio of transferable skills in data collection, analysis and critical reflection – using evidence to evaluate and solve problems
  • Prepare for a fulfilling career as a researcher or research manager in academia or public, private and voluntary organisation
  • Gain an excellent platform if you want to progress to a PhD
  • Enjoy flexibility in your studies – with the chance to take shorter versions of the course leading to a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma.

The Master of Research (MRes) offers a flexible, challenging and inspirational way to develop wide-ranging research and analytical skills and to complete a substantial research project under the supervision of academic experts. You can gain named MRes awards in Social Research, Criminal Psychology, Humanities or Journalism, depending on the subject pathway you choose to take.


The Social Sciences and Humanities course from University of Derby could be your route into an academic research position or a role as a researcher or research manager in the public, private or voluntary sectors.

The skills you gain on the programme are highly valued by employers from a wide range of settings, especially those where research is harnessed to solve problems related to professional practice. You will be able to demonstrate that you are confident and adept in researching, judging and evaluating complex information; making reasoned arguments; formulating and solving problems; managing projects; using effective methods to communicate your conclusions, and developing new ideas.

For those individuals who take the MRes as part of their continuing professional development, the qualification also paves the way to new opportunities, responsibilities and promotion prospects.

In addition, the MRes programme provides an excellent platform if you want to advance to PhD research and a future career in academic research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Social Research students will choose one module from Politics and Power; Social Theory and Social Justice; and Politics and Society
  • Criminal Psychology students will take a specialist module 
  • Humanities students will study approaches to research in the humanities
  • Journalism students will explore communication theories and ethics applied to journalism.
  • Research Methods 
  • Advanced Research Methods 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • If you are joining this course directly from undergraduate study, you will need a good honours degree (2:1 or above) and to demonstrate your capacity for research.
  • If you are joining from professional employment, you will need a good honours degree or evidence of significant professional practice (three years or more) in a relevant field. You could be required to undertake a skills needs analysis to ensure the course is suitable for you.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14700 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    6550 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6550 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

UK fees: £730 per 20 credits (Part-time)

Living costs for Derby

540 - 852 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • You will need to apply separately for the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, the International Excellent Student Scholarship and the GREAT Scholarship, but all others are assessed for eligibility alongside your application. 
  • Our new EU Transition Bursary offers financial support to our European students. If you normally reside in the EU and are starting your undergraduate or postgraduate taught course in September or January , you could be eligible for this reduction in your tuition fees. If you have home fee status or have EU settled or pre-settled status in the UK, you are not eligible for international scholarships but you may be eligible for the Derby Achievement Scholarship. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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