The Public Services MRes is a pre-doctoral training programme designed to provide a critical, research led approach to the study of aspects of public services around the world, together with training in the key research skills appropriate for Doctoral level study. Alongside a suite of substantive modules offered in conjunction with the School's Masters in Public Administration, the programme includes core modules in research design, qualitative and quantitative methods taken jointly with social science students from a range of disciplines across QMUL, Kings College London and Imperial College as part of the training offered by the ESRC funded London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS-DTP).
The Public Services MRes is in an approved pathway for ESRC funding, enabling students to apply for ESRC 1+3 funding to cover both the MRes and a PhD, and successful MRes graduates to apply subsequently for ESRC +3 PhD funding. The MRes also caters more generally for those seeking to develop their ability to apply knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of change in the public services and the analytical tools to plan and manage those services – and is an ideal preparation for a career in positions of significant responsibility and leadership in public services whether provided by government, private or non-profit agencies, as well as for those pursuing advanced studies.
The Public Services MRes is currently available for one year full-time study. You will take eight modules, two compulsory and four electives, spread between semester A and B, followed by a dissertation of 15,000 words to be completed by the beginning of September following entry. You will also be expected to attend and participate in the School's PhD Research Seminar Series and the School's annual Symposium.
There are three compulsory modules:
Introduction to Social Science Research 1: epistemology, research design, and qualitative methods
Introduction to Social Science Research 2: quantitative methods and data
Plus four elective modules:
Economics of Development
Public Financial Management and Accounting
HRM in the Public Services
Managing Under Regulations
Public Management and Governance
* Note: The modules are correct at the time of reading. However we constantly review and update our modules, meaning that they may be subject to change in the future.
- A first class (1:1) honours degree or equivalent in any subject
- A satisfactory research proposal that fits with research interests of staff in the School of Business and Management
- IELTS 7.0 (with 6.5 in writing) or equivalent is required
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details on our English language entry requirements
If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme.
For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.
Learning and teaching
Students typically have three contact hours per week in each module. Within these three hours, each module has its own pattern of lectures, seminars/classes and other activities. Lectures emphasise dissemination of information, explaining the key ideas and determining the sequence and pace of learning. Seminars/classes make for a more active learning experience by facilitating student interaction in discussion, exercises, problem-solving sets, case studies and presentations (as appropriate).
Learning and Teaching:
The School of Business and Management promotes active learning within a context of clear learning objectives, and students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning. Modules have regular coursework elements and in some cases this will require collaborative group work.
The creation of informal work is generally encouraged. Clear guidance on basic supplementary reading is given. We consider it important to develop your ability to undertake basic research through both practical and theoretical means, culminating in a dissertation which develops the ability to write sustained coherent narratives. Teaching is by research-oriented staff (complemented where appropriate by visiting lecturers with professional expertise), who will combine professional knowledge of their subject with a critical attitude to its delivery. Students therefore work in a challenging and supportive environment.
Each module has an outline description, giving the aims, expected learning outcomes, assessment methods, outline syllabus and indication of primary reading.
For every hour spent in formal study you will be expected to complete a further five to six hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions, reading, producing written work, completing projects and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill for people who envisage going on to a research career in academia or elsewhere.
Modules are typically assessed by a combination of coursework and final (two-hour) examinations. There is considerable variation across modules, however some are wholly examined by coursework.
You will also be assessed on a supervised 15,000-word dissertation.
Tuition fees for Home and EU students2018/19 Academic Year
Full time £12,150
Part-time study is not available for this course
Tuition fees for International students2018/19 Academic Year
Full time £18,900
Part-time study is not available for this course
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships
We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.
Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.
Alternative sources of funding
Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.
Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.
Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.
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Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
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