MRes Masters by Research

  • International Students Can Apply


UCAS Code:P060495
Course Length:1 Year Full-Time, 18 Months Part-Time
Start Dates:October 2019, October 2020
Department:Graduate School
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Join an advanced Masters by Research degree that enables you to focus on a particular topic in-depth;
  • Receive substantial training in a range of research approaches and develop an appreciation of their theoretical and philosophical underpinnings;
  • Complete a research-based dissertation that will enable you to develop a critical academic argument on your chosen topic, with the support of a supervisor.

This 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. The programme adopts an interdisciplinary approach, teaching both practical and theoretical aspects of research. The focus is on acquiring the knowledge and skills to design, conduct, evaluate and disseminate your own individual research project. You will also acquire a range of transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers, including the capacity for critical thought, project management, time management, presentation skills, and the ability to disseminate original research.

The programme has been designed to suit candidates from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. It is particularly suitable if you are aspiring to work in a research-based career, focus on a single topic of interest, or gain ideal preparation for undertaking a PhD.

Course in Depth

What will I study?

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

  • Twelve compulsory research training sessions will cover aspects of research design, values in research, and research practicalities;
  • You will also be required to attend at least six further methodological training sessions relevant to science, social science, and arts and humanities.

How will I study?

Research degrees are centred 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, and will equip you with the skills you will need: first to complete your MRes, and later for potential PhD study or a research career.

How will I be assessed?

The first element of the MRes will be assessed through the production of a research proposal, a project management plan and a skills development portfolio.

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

Who will be teaching me?

Being a research degree, you will not be taught but your research project will be supervised by a team comprising experts from across 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

MRes ResearchDepartmental 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).

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

To join this programme you should have a first class or upper second class honours degree (2:1 or above).

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’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a research degree but not for exemption from part of the degree. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

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

Tuition fees for full-time study on this MRes are £4,260 for UK and EU students and £13,000 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20.

Tuition fees for part-time study on this MRes are £2,130 per annum for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2019/20 guide at

Financial support information for international students can be found at


How to Apply

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Get in Touch

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International students should visit or email with any queries about overseas study.

Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

17th January 2018 - Change of Intake Dates

The intake dates for this programme have changed from September to October.