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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:

Please contact the Programme Leader of the MRes you wish to apply to, prior to submitting your application to confirm whether your chosen area of research can be supported. You may wish to send them a copy of your research proposal.

For students applying for the MRes Medical Science programme at Chester Medical School, you are required to submit a document which outlines your area of research interest (300 word max) and not a research proposal at the application stage. This area of research interest document will be used to match you with an appropriate supervisor.

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