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What is an MRes?

The Master of Research is a full-time degree that provides an excellent introduction to research methods and provides a firm foundation for those who wish to pursue doctoral study in education, educational technology, and management and business.

How does it work?


One year, full time.

Pattern of study

It comprises five modules, four of which are compulsory.

  • Module A: An Introduction to social research
  • Module B1: Qualitative research methods
  • Module C1: Quantitative research methods
  • Module D: Dissertation.

The fifth module may be a prescribed course, specific to the particular MRes (see the discipline description below for further details), or it may be one of the following modules, which build on B1 and C1 above:

  • Module B2: Advanced qualitative methods
  • Module C2: Advanced quantitative methods

The links to the individual MRes degree descriptions below give further details.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold, or be expecting to obtain, a bachelors degree with at least upper second-class honours, or an equivalent qualification.

The MRes requires a considerable level of independent study and well developed English language skills. If English is not your first language, you may want to take advice before making a formal application. You can do this by contacting the coordinator for the discipline that you wish to study.

What can I study?

The MRes is offered in the following disciplines:

Application closing date

Students are recruited annually with a registration date for study in early October. The closing date for applications is usually 29 March, though depending on funding availability, recruitment may continue through to 1 July.

Your questions

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