|Course Length:||1 Year Full-Time, 18 Months Part-Time|
|Start Dates:||October 2021, February 2022, October 2022, February 2023|
|Location:||Edge Hill University|
Please note, this programme is closed to further applications for October 2021 entry. It remains open to applications for February 2022 entry.
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 will I 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 will I 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 will I 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 me?
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.
A Great Study Environment
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).
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.
If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’). This may include credit or learning undertaken at another university.
Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the Graduate School.
What are my career prospects?
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.
Tuition fees for full-time study on this MRes are:
- £4,300 for UK students and £13,500 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22;
- £4,400 for UK students and £14,000 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23.
Tuition fees for part-time study on this MRes are:
- £2,150 a year for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22;
- £2,934 a year for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23.
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.
If you’re an Edge Hill University graduate joining this programme in academic year 2021/22, you may be eligible for a reduction in tuition fees. You could receive a 50% reduction if you graduated in academic years 2018/19, 2019/20 or 2020/21. This offer is available to eligible UK students, EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status, and Irish nationals. Please see www.edgehill.ac.uk/feereduction2021 to find out more.
The University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.
For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2021/22, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2021/22 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradfinance2021.
Financial support arrangements for eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses in academic year 2022/23 are still to be announced.
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). Please see www.edgehill.ac.uk/eufinance for further details.
Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.
How to Apply
There is an online application process for this programme.
As part of your application, you will need to submit a research proposal that should not exceed 1,000 words. Detailed guidance on writing this research proposal is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applygraduateschool.
The deadline for applications for February 2022 entry is Wednesday 20 October 2021.
Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applydirect to access the relevant online application form and to find out more about the application process.
Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.
Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about our full range of events for prospective students, including campus tours and virtual activities, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.
Request a Prospectus
If you would like to explore our full range of taught Masters degrees, MBA awards and our Masters by Research (MRes) degree before you apply, you can order a postgraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradprospectus.
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