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Masters by Research (Mres) Education

The School of Education is actively recruiting for applicants for the Masters by Research

The School house a vibrant and growing community of around 100 research students across a number of research degree programmes on offer. Working in partnership with key stakeholders and other beneficiaries, the Carnegie School of Education is committed to undertaking transformational and translational research of the highest quality and making a difference to people’s lives.

The Master of Research is a level 7 qualification and can be taken as an alternative to a taught masters. It provides high-quality training to potential doctoral students as well as a stand-alone qualification for social science researchers.

It is designed for professionals who work with children, young people, families and adults in a range of educational settings, such as children's centres, nurseries, schools, colleges and universities, as well as consultancies, advisory services, museums, prisons and hospitals.

This programme is relevant to education professionals who are keen to develop advanced knowledge and understanding of research methods in education. Taught sessions will focus upon deepening your existing understanding of professional practice and critically examine the challenges within your sector allowing you to explore your role, setting, and interprofessional working as a research-informed practitioner.

It helps you acquire the knowledge, confidence and attributes needed to:

  • complete a research project focussing upon your specific area of interest
  • become a research-engaged self-improving education professional
  • undertake, facilitate and lead enquiry in an educational setting
  • progress towards studying for a doctoral degree

What support do i get?

Students choosing to study on an MRES with us get to be part of the research community within the school which had a growing and active series of research seminars


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  • Qualifications:

    Applicants should ideally hold a recent 2:1 or first undergraduate degree in a relevant subject. Please visit our website for further information. We particularly welcome applicants who may not have had a traditional education journey.

    For candidates from non-English speaking countries outside of the UK – IELTS certificate of 7.0 with no sub score below 6.5.

  • Work Experience: 4-5+ years.
  • Seniority: Experienced professionals.
  • Research Proposal: 2000 words.
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Find out about your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs at

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For information on how to apply, please find further details here.

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If you have any queries about the MRes, please email Dr Michalis Kakos ( and research admissions (

Plus Icon MRes Structure and Delivery

MRES allows applicants investigate an individual topic and work towards a thesis of up to 30,000 words. For information about the MRes structure please download the MRes brochure.

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The final submission for an MRES is a thesis if up to 30000 words.

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All MRES students have two supervisors (a director of studies and supervisor who are experts in their chosen subject and experts in conducting research).  Alongside this MRes students attend an induction and have the opportunity to attend seminars and access other trainijing events to gain from a support network of their peers.

Research Topics

Candidates seeking admission onto our MRes will be required to submit a research proposal on one of the following research priorities for Carnegie School of Education:

The school is actively seeking applicants researching in the areas covered by our research centres. Other education related topics will also be considered.

Research Proposal

Candidates who enrol on our MRes will be expected to start their research journey with a specific problem in mind. This will require candidates to initially submit a 2000 word research proposal on a topic / business problem they will investigate to make a contribution to knowledge and an impact in the sector.

Guidelines on Structure

A well-structured research proposal should normally contain the following:

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The title should contain key words that describe your intended research. Titles can change as research progresses, but at this stage it is necessary to state clearly and succinctly what the research is about.

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This should be a paragraph giving a brief overview of the general subject area, why you are interested in it, why you think your research is significant and giving a summary of what you intend to research.

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Use this section to demonstrate your awareness of the current literature in your field of research, giving examples of issues, debates and shortcomings within that literature. Briefly refer to key texts, displaying understanding of their relevance and specify the gap in current literature which your research intends to fill.

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What are the specific aims and objectives of your research? Keep your research question(s) succinct, clear and concise. Avoid listing too many – a maximum of three research questions is usually enough for a research proposal at this stage.

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Use this section to explain how you intend to conduct your research. Specify what research methods or approaches you will utilise, justify why you have chosen them and what the limitations might be (if any).

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specify what your intended outcomes are. What are you aiming to achieve with your research?

For more information on how to develop your proposal, please contact Research Admissions (

Applicants should also send a CV.


Colin Mitchell, Digital Pedagogy Consultant- Carnegie School of Education

"The MRES has provided me with a research support structure that has allowed me to investigate a specific area of my work in great detail. The increased knowledge and understanding I have gained along the way has led to improvements in my practice and in the practice of my colleagues. It has also enabled me to progress in my role.

Engaging in this study also gave me the academic confidence to co-write a book ‘Social Media and Mental Health in Schools’ which aims to give practical guidance and strategies to ¬≠help new and exsiting teachers address the use of social media in their settings. The book is published by Critical Publishing."


Luke Weston, student & Head Teacher, Bingley Grammar School

"The MRes course provided me with the opportunity to develop my research skills and use them to enhance my strategic thinking. This led to the increased use of research to support development across my organisation. This allowed me to become a far more effective leader and I now use."

Contact us

Interested candidates should contact researchadmissions ( entitling their email MRes.

Alternatively please visit the Carnegie School of Education website.