September 2022

Human Sciences MRes

Master's Degree, Postgraduate, September 2022

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If your undergraduate degree has left you with a passion for independent research, and an interest in a particular topic in one of the following four areas of Human Sciences: Sport, Physical Activity & Health; Psychology; Counselling and Psychotherapy; Health & Social Care. This degree will allow you to advance both your subject knowledge and your research skills.  Based around an individually devised and researched dissertation on the subject of your interest, it is designed to develop your understanding of high quality research within the Human Sciences and will give you the opportunity to research into a subject that you want to explore, including preparing your research for publication.

This course is delivered through a blended learning approach. This includes weekly lectures and material provided via our online Virtual Learning Environment (moodle) supplemented by four half-day input sessions per module.

N.B. All applicants should contact a tutor to discuss potential research interests before they apply for this course. 


This course is offered in the following areas:

Clinical Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Counselling Psychology
Counselling & Psychotherapy
Counselling & Psychotherapy (Children & Young People)
Critical Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Experimental Psychology
Health Psychology
Health & Social Care
Public Health
Human Sciences
Occupational Psychology
Physical Activity and Health
Social Psychology
Sport & Exercise Biomechanics
Sport & Exercise Sociology
Sport & Exercise Physiology
Sport & Exercise Coaching
Sport & Exercise Psychology
Sport & Exercise Performance Analysis

Why study this course?

  • Gain advanced knowledge, skills and experience of conducting independent research
  • Dissertation written ready to submit for publication.
  • Blended learning approach allows flexible learning
  • Excellent preparation for PhD
  • Offered both as full and part time study
  • Loans available to cover fees and / or living costs

What does the course cover?

The course is made up of four modules, one of which is the Dissertation. The remaining three modules are all designed to support student’s engagement in the dissertation project. Furthermore, students work closely with a supervisor throughout all modules. This ensures expert support throughout your entire studies.

The three modules that build to the dissertation include topics of advanced research methods, critically reviewing literature, and practical research skills. To meet the study needs for your research, assignments and some content are tailored by the module leader and your supervisor. This creates a bespoke programme for your research and career aspirations.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the programme a range of appropriate assessment methods are employed. These methods are design to promote students opportunity to engage and reflect upon key competencies needed for employability. Assessments include portfolios, critical reviews, research proposals, presentations, and an independent research project written for publication.


This programme is designed to support the flexible learning needs of the postgraduate student. Recognising the multiple demands on many students, the online lectures and materials can be studied at the student’s own schedule. Half-day input sessions allow students to explore material further under the supervision of an expert tutor, clarify understanding from the online materials, and gain assignment support. Students are therefore strongly recommended to attend all the input sessions.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants require an undergraduate degree in a related discipline with a 2:1. Applicants with a good 2:2 combined with exceptional research or additional experience may be considered.

Applicants may additionally be required to attend interview or to submit a piece of written work as part of the application process.

International Students
Newman University is not licenced by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

If you have any questions regarding entry onto this course please contact our friendly and helpful admissions team via our Admissions Enquiry Form


Course Fees

Please note that the course fee for September 2022 will be confirmed later this year, and will be updated on the course page in due course. For reference the course fee for September 2021 was £6,000.

The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Postgraduate Loans

You can apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,222, when enrolling on a full Master’s degree (180 credits), to use as a contribution to the cost of studying and living expenses.

For further information visit the postgraduate loans website.

Additional Information

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Please be aware that, as with any course, there may be changes to the modules delivered, for information view our Changes to Programmes or Module Changes page.

Timetables: find out when information is available to students

Both full and part time routes are available. Part-time is completed over two years.

  1. This module will provide students with a critical appreciation and understanding of the research methodologies used within human science disciplines. The module is designed to provide broad perspectives on qualitative and quantitative research processes initially but then specialism in either qualitative or quantitative methods appropriate for their research interests. Students will be provided with the opportunity to develop a critical stance with respect to research design, analysis, evaluation, as well as research ethics issues. Also, students will be provided with the opportunity to analyse and interpret data sets using appropriate qualitative and quantitative research techniques. They will develop knowledge and understanding of devising a research proposal and effective use of a range of online databases pertinent to the human sciences.
  2. This module will provide students with the opportunity to explore the role of theory or evidence-based research as well as how their research might be disseminated or show impact. Students will critically appraise the foundation knowledge of both existing research and their own. This will be considered in relation to relevant research philosophy, ethics, and the historical trajectory of knowledge in their field. The theoretical underpinning of students’ own research will drive much of the module content and allow students to apply their own knowledge to real research problems. In addition, students will consider the dissemination of research generally as well as of their own. Consideration of the impact of students’ research will be explored and how this is best achieved. This module is taught both face-to-face and online. Teaching will also be split between group learning and individual working plans throughout.
  3. This module progresses your knowledge gained in SRM701 to consider the practical components of the research processes. Issues surrounding participant recruitment, equipment design, participant care, and data collection, handling and analysis will be discussed. These components of the research process will be critically explored in relation to high-quality, ethical research. Furthermore, the module will provide an opportunity for students to practically explore these issues in light of their own research projects.
  4. The research dissertation is the culmination of the MRes course. The module builds on prior learning and offers students the opportunity for further development of their skills, knowledge and understanding through conducting an independent research project. The project is regarded as an important exercise for developing students’ abilities to formulate appropriate research design and procedures, to collect and present in an appropriate and meaningful way, to conduct a critical analysis of relevant literature, and to demonstrate their understanding and application of theoretical principles. The dissertation at Masters level is expected to make a meaningful and original contribution to literature.