Master of Research (MRes)

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Park, Cheltenham

Develop advanced skills in research methods and approaches. Prepare for further postgraduate study and refine transferable skills to progress your career.

The Master of Research (MRes) comprises four taught modules and a research methods thesis/project. The modules provide generic and subject specific research training to support individual research skills and the production of an extended research methods project (consisting of a 25,000 word MRes thesis).The Postgraduate Certificate level provides: a challenging introduction to general issues in research enquiry including generic research methods consisting of a comprehensive introduction to the broad philosophies, methods and processes involved in undertaking research; sound knowledge of research philosophies, paradigms and theoretical perspectives; supportive educational environment in which to develop appropriate knowledge and skills; improved ability to isolate problems and identify gaps in current knowledge and select appropriate method; training in philosophical approaches to research and also in a range of methods.

The Postgraduate Diploma level offers you the opportunity to specialise your research training through engagement with an appropriate literature review and an individually designed independent study (often used as a pilot for the MRes research thesis stage). It provides a wider and more intensive coverage of contextual material and research design skills and provides the opportunity to explore critically explore a particular topic in depth. The Thesis level develops the objectives further by enabling you to undertake a thesis, and thus to: develop experience in conducting a sustained piece of individual enquiry; identify and evaluate existing literature or methodologies in an individual area of research, and to make critical use of this literature or methodologies; undertake an analysis of a particular research topic, which may or may not have an empirical basis, by making use of an appropriate methodology; relate the analysis to the context of the literature on the particular research topic, through a process of evaluation; draw conclusions about the particular research topic, drawing from both the analysis and the review. The thesis stage is a 25,000 word dissertation where you make an independent contribution to knowledge.

Modules are:• Philosophy and Approaches to Research• Methodologies and Methods• Reading for Research• Independent Study

Entry requirements

  • MRes: you will need at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area
  • International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent


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Tailored assessments to allow for individual subject specialities

Assessment of the modules are tailored to allow engagement with methods appropriate to your disciplinary field and research thesis.

Prepare for doctoral level study and develop transferable skills for your career

The structure of the degree provides an excellent opportunity to prepare for doctoral study and provides students with transferable skills that would be useful outside of higher education.

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