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MRes 1.1 The Open University offers the degree of Master of Research, referred to as the MRes. Holders of the qualification are permitted to use the letters MRes (Open) after their names.
MRes 1.2 The following discipline designations are available:
MRes 2.1 In order to be registered for the degree, you must satisfy Regulation OU 8 ( see our Student Regulations on www.open.ac.uk/essential-documents ) and show evidence of suitable preparation for postgraduate study. The minimum entrance requirement for the MRes is a good honours degree or a higher degree from a UK university or other recognised degree-awarding body.
MRes 2.2 If you do not satisfy regulation MRes 2.1 but can show that your qualifications or other evidence of competence are an adequate preparation for the programme of study, your application may, in certain circumstances, be considered.
MRes 2.3 You must be resident in the United Kingdom for the duration of your studies.
MRes 2.4 You must be accepted as a student for research in an area approved by the University and for which arrangements have been made by the University in respect of supervision and research support.
MRes 2.5 You must assign your intellectual property rights to The Open University unless you are bound by an intellectual property agreement with a third party.
MRes 2.6 You will be registered as a full-time research student and your work will be directed by members of the Open University academic staff at the Open University headquarters.
MRes 2.7 While registered as a research student of this University, you may not study for any other degree or qualification at this University or at any other institution, unless granted permission to do so as part of your research training.
MRes 3.1 A single composite fee is payable for your MRes studies.
MRes 3.2 You will be required to pay a resubmission fee if you are required to undertake major revisions to your dissertation for resubmission and re-examination.
MRes 4.1 Credit regulations do not apply to this unitary qualification.top ^
MRes 5.1 The University provides research facilities for full-time students.
MRes 5.2 You must be allocated to a supervision team appointed by the Senate.
MRes 5.3 You are required to have regular contact with your supervision team.
MRes 5.4 The normal period of study before submission of your MRes dissertation is one year. The maximum period of registration is two years.
MRes 5.5 Research or other work undertaken before registration as a research student cannot count as part of the minimum period of study required before the submission of your MRes dissertation.
MRes 5.6 If you fail to make satisfactory progress you will cease to be a registered student of the University.
MRes 5.7 As a full-time student your research degree registration may be suspended for a maximum of 12 months in total. You may request a suspension of your registration usually only on grounds of certified serious ill-health. Periods of suspension do not count towards the maximum registration period.
MRes 5.8 To qualify for the MRes, you must successfully complete the modules specified in the degree profile for your discipline.
MRes 5.9 You must submit your MRes dissertation by the published deadline as notified to you on registration.
MRes 6.1 Your MRes dissertation must show evidence of:
a good style and presentation
b proficiency in the methods and techniques of research
c an adequate knowledge and/or understanding and critical evaluation of a field of study in an appropriate context.
You will be required to attend a viva voce (oral) examination to assess your dissertation.
MRes 6.2 The work must be submitted in English. Any text in foreign languages must be accompanied by text translated into English.
MRes 6.3 The length of your MRes dissertation must not exceed 17,000 words (including footnotes and references). Appendices are not included in the maximum word length.
MRes 6.4 You must submit for examination:
a three copies of your MRes dissertation, including supporting material (e.g. diagrams and non-book media)
b four copies of an abstract of the dissertation, not exceeding 300 words, one copy must be placed at the front of each copy of the dissertation and bound with the text
c a statement as to what part, if any, of the material offered has previously been submitted by you for a degree or other qualification to this or any other university or institution, and, if joint work is submitted, what part of it is your independent contribution.
MRes 6.5 You must indicate, in the dissertation and in the accompanying statement, any material which has been published.
MRes 6.6 You may not submit for a research degree material that has been incorporated in a previous submission for a degree of this or any other awarding body. However, reference may be made to such material provided that this is clearly acknowledged within the dissertation and in the accompanying statement.
MRes 6.7 You are required to submit your work in a condition suitable for preservation in the University Library.
MRes 6.8 If you are successful, two copies of your MRes dissertation and any supporting material (e.g. diagrams and non-book media) will be deposited in the University Library. The third copy will be held by your academic unit.
MRes 6.9 There must be no restriction of access to a dissertation for which a research degree has been awarded. You must submit, together with your dissertation, a statement in which you agree that the work, if approved for the degree in question, be deposited in the University Library and:
a may be made available at the discretion of the Director of Library Services
b may be photocopied at the discretion of the Director of Library Services.
MRes 6.10 The text of the dissertation must be typed on international A4 (297 mm x 210 mm) paper of good quality. 12 point print in conventional font must be used. The typescript must have double spacing. The minimum widths of margins must be as follows:
The text spacing of the dissertation should be 1.5, and where possible this should include material in any appendices.
The pages must be numbered consecutively and table of contents must be provided. This applies to both the main body of the text and the appendices. Lists of illustrations, diagrams, figures, appendices and other supporting material (if any) should be provided separately at the front of the dissertation and after the title and contents pages. The dissertation must carry on its title page and on the spine:
MRes 6.11 The examination copies need not be fully bound until after the examination; this will enable you to complete any corrections required by the examination panel without having to unbind and rebind the dissertation. For the examination, all copies should have the leaves securely fixed within a folder or binder or by a spine (i.e. fixed so that the pages remain secure in the cover when the volume is opened fully). Folders which release the pages when opened are not acceptable, nor are loose pages submitted in a wallet folder. Care should be taken if ring binding is used that the holes punched in the pages do not make binding after the examination impossible. Three copies of the dissertation must be submitted for examination. If you are successful, two copies will be deposited in the University Library, one fully bound (as specified in regulation MRes 6.12 and one bound to a less rigorous specification (as specified in regulation MRes 6.13).
MRes 6.12 One of the two copies to be deposited with the University must be sewn with thread and bound in a fixed binding of black boards with cloth or in full cloth in the manner of a book. The leaves of the typescript should be clean and not mutilated by dog-ear folding, manuscript comments, underlining, etc.
MRes 6.13 The second copy for deposit in the University Library need not conform to the full binding specifications given in regulation MRes 6.12. Its leaves must be secured in order, by some means which ensures that they remain firmly in place when the dissertation is in use. Stapling is an adequate means of securing leaves. The stapled dissertation should be cased in stout card covers to protect it adequately when in use. Comb bindings and the use of spring binders or plastic slide clips to grip unstapled sheets are not satisfactory as they fail to hold the sheets together during use. The leaves of the typescript should be clean and not mutilated by dog-ear folding, manuscript comments, underlining, etc.
MRes 6.14 The third copy (to be held by your academic unit) should also be securely bound to the lesser specification given in regulation MRes 6.13.
MRes 6.15 Work submitted in other forms (e.g. non-book media such as compact disk, film, slide, audio tape, etc.) should be recorded by a suitable process on good quality stock. The system used should produce a durable item suited to preservation over a long period without excessive deterioration of the message. The item should be suited to viewing or playback on equipment in use at the University. The item should be provided with an appropriate container approved by the Director of Library Services and bear on its exterior the particulars listed in regulation MRes 6.10. (You should consult the Director of Library Services about the specifications for all such items that you intend to submit as part of your dissertation.)
MRes 7.1 A dissertation submitted for the award of a research degree will be examined by examiners appointed by the Senate. The examiners may find the dissertation to be:
a acceptable for the award of the degree
b acceptable after corrections and modifications which you must implement satisfactorily before the degree may be awarded
c in need of major revision and resubmission for re-examination
MRes 7.2 Where corrections and modifications to a dissertation are required after the examination, these must be completed within two months of the date of the examination result letter.
MRes 7.3 Where major revision and resubmission of a dissertation for re-examination is required after the examination, this must be completed by August 31st in the following presentation or by the MRes dissertation submission date following the date of the examination result letter.
MRes 7.4 You are permitted only one resubmission of your dissertation. Where examiners are re-examining a dissertation after major revision and resubmission (see regulation MRes 7.1 c), this result recommendation may not be made again.
MRes 8.1 You may appeal against the following academic decisions of the University:
a termination of registration for failure to make progress
b refusal of permission to submit a dissertation
c the result of the examination of a dissertation.
MRes 8.2 The procedure relating to appeals must be published in the Research Degree Student Handbook.