masters by research (mres) education

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

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.

The school houses 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.

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.

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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.

Luke Weston, Mres student at Carnegie School of Education
Luke Weston Student & Head Teacher, Bingley Grammar School

research proposal guidelines on structure

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.

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

1 Working title

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.

2 Introduction

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.

3 Literature Review

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.

4 Research question (s)

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.

5 Methodology

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).

6 Outcomes

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 below.

Applicants should also send a CV.

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 existing teachers address the use of social media in their settings. The book is published by Critical Publishing.