MA by Research

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If you have a longstanding interest or connections in a particular sociological or social policy field, possibly related to your occupation or other significant experience, then an MA by Research may provide the ideal scope and flexibility for your research project.


This type of research study works through close one-to-one supervision, tailored specifically to the needs of the project and the researcher.

You will research and write a thesis of approximately 30,000 words on a subject of your choice. The School offers no broad research training for candidates that register for this degree. 

MA by Research candidates are not eligible for transfer to MPhil or PhD.


This postgraduate research degree can be completed in one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). 

The part-time route allows you to continue a career throughout your studies and to schedule supervision sessions to fit around your working life.

Entry to the programme is flexible, and candidates can enrol at any time during the academic year.

Areas of supervision

Our research supervision offers a wide breadth of activity across several key academic teams. 

The School has a thriving research community, supported by 50 academic and research staff. Explore our research centres to discover the themes and supervisors relating to your field of study: 

Many of our academic staff are also involved in the Leeds Social Science Institute which fosters interdisciplinary research collaborations and provides training for our postgraduate researchers.