Masters by Research MRes

Receive substantial training in a range of research approaches, developing an appreciation of their theoretical and philosophical underpinnings, before completing a research-based dissertation that focuses on a topic in-depth.


Course length: 1 year full-time
18 months part-time
Start dates: October 2022
February 2023
October 2023
February 2024
Location: Edge Hill University
Subject(s): Research
Department: Graduate School
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The Masters by Research provides you with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and research skills that are essential foundations for further research and an academic career, while also being advantageous in relation to a range of other career pathways. Covering both practical and theoretical aspects, the focus is on acquiring the knowledge and skills to design, conduct, evaluate and disseminate your own research. You will also acquire a range of skills that are highly sought after by employers, including the advanced ability for critical thought.

The Masters by Research has been designed to suit candidates from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. It is particularly suitable if you aspire to a research-based career or as preparation for undertaking a PhD.

What you'll study

You will produce a research dissertation. A research training and development programme will help you towards this goal.

Compulsory research training sessions will cover aspects of research design, research data management and research project management. These sessions will enable you to identify, evaluate and construct arguments, design research questions, and make a contribution to knowledge. Ethics, values and equality in research will also be considered.

You will also be required to select six further sessions from a range of options focusing on methodological considerations in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

How you'll study

Research degrees are focused on independent study, allowing you a great deal of control over the pace and direction of your individual research project, with the expert guidance and support of your supervisor(s).

Research training takes place every Wednesday from October to December.

How you'll be assessed

The first element of the MRes (research project registration) will be assessed through the production of a research proposal, a project management plan and a skills development portfolio. This will take place after approximately three months if you are studying full-time or six months part-time.

The final assessment of your individual research project will be through a dissertation as well as a viva voce examination.

Who will be teaching you

Being a research degree, you will not be taught through lectures, as the various training sessions are discussion based, however your research project will be supported by supervisors within the university who have international research profiles in their discipline.

The completion of your individual research project will be supported by regular supervision meetings with an expert in your chosen field of study.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or upper second-class honours (2:1 or above). No specific subjects are required.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 7.0, with a score no lower than 6.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification, at the point of application.

If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Further information about how international postgraduate research applicants can meet our English Language requirements is available on the International Students website.

How to apply

There is an online application process for this course.

Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.

The deadline for applications from UK applicants for October 2022 entry is Wednesday 31 August 2022, while for international applicants it is Thursday 30 June 2022.

The deadline for applications from UK applicants for February 2023 entry is Sunday 20 November 2022, while for international applicants it is Thursday 20 October 2022.

As part of your application you will need to submit a research proposal that should not exceed 1,000 words. You will also need to submit an academic CV, a scan of your passport, budget sheet and a scan of your degree certificates/transcripts with your application.

Detailed guidance on writing your research proposal and additional application support is available on the Graduate School website.

You should instruct your referees to send your references to [email protected] at the point of application using a professional email address or company headed paper.

International applicants will also need to provide evidence of meeting the English Language requirements as part of their application.

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

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Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Catalyst building.As a postgraduate research student, you will be registered in the University’s Graduate School and be based in the faculty or department that is most appropriate for your project.

Departmental facilities are complemented by the University library which stocks around 200,000 items, including books, journals, e-resources and multimedia. In addition, you can access PCs, laptops, software and assistive technologies.

Extensive social learning areas and study spaces enable group discussion, quiet work and silent study. The specialist team staffing our Ask Desk are available to assist with any queries, with dedicated support available for students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD).

Where you'll study



Tuition fees

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EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

The skills and experience acquired through an MRes will provide ideal preparation for progressing to higher research qualifications, such as MPhil and PhD, or pursuing a research-based career.

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