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Social Research and Law and Legal Studies MRes

Social Research and Law and Legal Studies MRes

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Full time | Birkbeck, University of London | 1 year | 02-OCT-23

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1 year

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Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Social Research Law / Legal Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Our MRes Social Research and Law and Legal Studies is an interdisciplinary social science training programme designed to prepare you for further research in the workplace or for MPhil/PhD study.

The course covers ontology, epistemology, quantitative and qualitative techniques, and advanced methods masterclasses alongside substantive courses in the area of law and legal studies. You will also carry out an independent dissertation, putting into practice the methods and theoretical concepts you have been taught.

The course provides a particularly strong environment for theoretically informed, interdisciplinary and socially engaged research.


Graduates can pursue career paths in government departments, think tanks, NGOs, the Civil Service and political parties. Possible professions include: social researcher; government social researcher; human resources officer; higher education lecturer; politician’s assistant.


This course introduces you to the philosophies of science and the social sciences, epistemology, issues of research design, the operationalisation of research questions and a range of qualitative techniques. Part-time MRes students take this course in their first year and Quantitative Political Analysis in their second year.

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Entry requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

University information

Birkbeck, University of London is a university which continues to change lives. In 2023 the institution marks its 200th anniversary. Established in 1823, Birkbeck is a world-class research and teaching institution, well known for being London’s premier evening university. Most classes take place in the evening, and this makes Birkbeck stand out from the crowd. Students have the freedom to use their daytimes however they like – a benefit that has...more