MRes Childhood and Youth

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UKPASS Code:P052055
Course Length:1 Year Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2016
Department:Department of Social Sciences
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Gain the skills, training, knowledge and best practice required to undertake research at an advanced level;
  • Equip yourself with an advanced understanding of research methods and methodologies and an appreciation of ethics in social research;
  • Plan, undertake and complete a critically engaged, coherent, substantial and advanced piece of research in the broad discipline of childhood and youth studies.

This Masters by Research (MRes) in Childhood and Youth focuses on the production of a substantial piece of work in a chosen specialist area of interest which is negotiated upon entry to the course. The programme will equip you with extensive knowledge and understanding of the research process, research methods and methodology. This will ultimately translate into you designing, delivering and evaluating a research project from inception to successful completion, supported by experts in your subject area and/or the relevant research techniques. If you want to hone your research skills, gain an advanced understanding of research methods and develop your expertise in a specialist area of childhood and youth studies, this is the course for you.

Department of Social Sciences

Course in Depth

What will I study?

This MRes begins with two modules which cover advanced social science research methods and preparing for your dissertation project.

These modules are undertaken at the start of the programme in order to develop your research skill-set and advance your knowledge of best practice, as well as enhance the techniques most relevant and useful to your research proposal.

On completion of the two opening modules you will have acquired an advanced understanding of how to develop, manage and conduct your dissertation. The remaining two-thirds of the programme are then devoted to undertaking specialist study in your chosen subject area, culminating in a written project of 30,000 words.

How will I study?

There is an initial requirement to attend classes in advanced social research methods and in project design, development, planning and management, which are mainly undertaken in the first semester. Thereafter, the programme is primarily delivered by individually tailored supervision from two specialist supervisors, with regular meetings taking place either face-to-face or online.

How will I be assessed?

You will be principally assessed by a 30,000 word dissertation.

In preparation for producing this thesis, you will outline the methodological approaches to be followed in developing your own project and elaborate on your project proposal, both in written form and via seminar presentation.

Who will be teaching me?

The programme is taught by a core team with specialist expertise in advanced social science research methods, research project development and the philosophy and ethics of social research.

Supervision of individual projects is undertaken by staff who are specialists in the subject area and/or possess expertise in the use of methods chosen to research that area.

The staff teaching and supervising on the programme are experienced researchers who actively pursue their own research interests in areas of childhood and youth studies.


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SPY4001 Advanced Social Science Research Methods (20 credits)

Advanced Social Science Research Methods allows you to develop an advanced understanding of the philosophy, ethics and practical skills required in using research methods and to exercise specific methods that are useful and most relevant to your research proposal.

SPY4002 Dissertation Proposal (Childhood and Youth) (40 credits)

Dissertation Proposal (Childhood and Youth) develops a sense of framing your research question, reinforcing your understanding through focus reading of the literature, planning and developing an outline of your project, and developing your skills in project management.

SPY4005 Dissertation (Childhood and Youth) (120 credits)

Dissertation (Childhood and Youth) provides specialist supervised support for the execution of your dissertation proposal and its progression to a finished and substantial piece of work in the area of study chosen.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

To join this programme you should have a first or upper second class honours degree in a cognate subject area or discipline. In exceptional circumstances, students with a lower second class honours degree classification may be admitted at the department’s discretion.

A sufficient command of the English language is required to complete the programme satisfactorily and to prepare and defend your thesis. Applicants whose first language is not English, or who originate from countries whose national language is not English, are required to demonstrate English language proficiency to a minimum standard of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

Each applicant will be required to submit a brief research proposal outlining the intended focus of their MRes studies and demonstrating their enthusiasm and commitment towards the proposed subject.

If you intend to engage in primary research involving children you are likely to have to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure, indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Your proposed research project may also be subject to ethical scrutiny prior to approval.

A formal registration interview/viva will be held for each candidate. The interview will be conducted by at least two members of staff, including the likely MRes supervisor.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

An MRes qualification will significantly enhance your CV and improve your future employment prospects.

The programme exercises and evidences the advanced skills required to engage in social research activity, whether aimed at markets, users or services. It also develops the skills of project development, planning and management that show the capacity to embark upon, develop and progress a substantial project to completion.

The programme could provide a crucial step towards a career in areas including private, public and voluntary organisations. The skills and experience acquired through an MRes programme also provide essential preparation for progressing onto higher research qualifications, such as an MPhil and PhD.


Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this MRes are £4,680 for UK and EU students and £12,250 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2016/17.

Financial Support

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2016/17, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2016/17 guide at

The financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2016/17 includes Postgraduate Loans worth up to £10,000 for full-time study.

Financial support information for international students can be found at


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Course Changes

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