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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Research

Course type


Course Summary

The MA Applied Research can be designed by you to meet your career and research aspirations.

The degree combines developing research applications with real world experience to support your employment options following graduation.

You can study in any of the following academic areas in the University in which we have research expertise.

  • Archaeology
  • Biology
  • Policing, Criminal Investigation and Safeguarding
  • Psychology
  • Sport and exercise


We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.

For this course, you'll:

Work with others on group work
Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
Be expected to study independently

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project.


There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, exams, or portfolios.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking, presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)


After completing the Applied Research Masters, you’ll be equipped to work in research roles.

Different course options

Full time | Staffordshire University (Stoke-on-Trent Campus) | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This is designed to increase your employability. It requires the completion of up to 150 hours of relevant applied work and is assessed by portfolio. The components of this are flexible but could include an industrial placement, voluntary work or working in a commercial environment. Its builds your networks and gives you real world experience. For students already working you can use current employment experience towards your assessment portfolio.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an honours degree in a related area typically with a 2i classification however, we take into account their experience and if they are able to demonstrate the potential to work at Masters level and have experience relevant to a course covering their chosen discipline area we will offer them a place.

University information

Based in the West Midlands, Staffordshire University offers many different postgraduate courses across a wide range of different subject areas and study options. The main city campus is based in Stoke-on-Trent with the University’s dedicated Centres of Excellence in Healthcare Education located in Stafford and Shrewsbury. Students can study Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas, Masters, PGCE or PhDs at the University, and these...more

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