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An alternative to a PhD or MPhil is the Master by Research (MRes) degree, which will offer you the opportunity to study a small number of relevant taught modules and to complete a substantial dissertation in a specified subject area.

Programme structures for the Master by Research vary slightly between disciplines, and feature between two and four 20-credit taught modules and a 100-140 credit (10-30,000 words, depending on discipline) dissertation. Therefore the main focus of the Master by Research is on a research project in your chosen discipline, which will be related to the areas of expertise available within the University.

Students typically choose a Master by Research course because it offers the following:

  • An opportunity to develop their subject in greater depth
  • A broader experience of research than most other Masters programmes
  • Improved employment prospects and opportunities to acquire transferable skills

The Master by Research course is suitable for you if you wish to study prior to commencing on a PhD course (for which the Master by Research provides excellent preparation), or if you simply wish to undertake a significant research project without any longer term objective.

We currently offer the following MRes courses:

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