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What is a Masters By Research (MRES)?

The Master of Research is a University wide, cross-disciplinary research training course available in most schools and departments. This 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.

The course aims to:

  • teach you to systematically review alternative approaches, methodologies and paradigms of research in your chosen field
  • enable you to critically evaluate the application of these approaches in the specific areas in which you specialise
  • support you within an active research community, in identifying and investigating your own original research questions
  • Like other research awards it engages one to one supervisory method to enable candidates to produce an academic research informed thesis relating directly to their practice.

Who is this award for?

Participants on the award are likely to be experienced or developing professional practitioners seeking to develop their academic research skills from a variety of professional settings, including schools, Further Education colleges, hospitals, early years settings, local government and in private practice.

How long will it take me and what will it cost?

The award can be completed within one year full time or two years part time at a cost of £2,170 part time or £4,327 full time

How will this help my career?

If you want to develop your career as a researcher, this research degree will help you to evidence the necessary skills within your developing professional portfolio. An MRes is ideal if you are looking to take your first steps into academia, and it is also an excellent stepping stone to doctoral-level research - either a PhD degree or a professional doctorate.

How can I find out more and how do I apply?

Interested candidates should contact researchadmissions on entitling their email MRes. The admissions team will log the enquiry and ensure an academic contacts you to discuss fully your ideas.