MRes Research

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Course Length:1 Year Full-Time, 18 Months Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2017
Department:Graduate School
Location:Edge Hill University

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  • 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 degree 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.

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Course in Depth

What will I study?

The MRes comprises 60 credits of taught provision and 120 credits of individual research.

The taught components will cover research design, research project management and research ethics, as well as more general conceptual, epistemological and methodological matters in relation to research. You will also address more specific conceptual, epistemological and methodological matters appropriate for your subject area.

On completion of the taught modules, you will complete an individual research project.

How will I study?

Full-time students will complete two taught modules in the first three months of study and can then take up to nine months undertaking the research project.

Part-time students will complete two taught modules in the first six months of study and can then take up to 12 months undertaking the research project.

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

How will I be assessed?

The taught elements of the programme will be assessed through the production of a research proposal, a project management plan and a skills development portfolio.

The individual research project will be assessed through a dissertation, or appropriate alternative, as well as a viva voce examination.

Who will be teaching me?

The teaching team comprises experts from across the university who have international research profiles in their discipline.

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 or upper second class honours degree. In exceptional circumstances, students with lower second class honours and demonstrable knowledge of their subject matter may be admitted at the University’s discretion.

Overseas applicants will be considered on an individual basis and will be expected to demonstrate English language proficiency to a minimum standard of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

The skills and experience acquired through an MRes programme 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 £4,860 for UK and EU students and £12,500 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2017/18.

Tuition fees for part-time study on this MRes are £27 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2017/18, i.e. £540 per 20 credit module.

180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree. Please note, 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 in academic year 2017/18, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2017/18 guide at

Financial support information for international students can be found at


How to Apply

Apply directly to Edge Hill University.

Further information about the application process will be available in early 2017.

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Course Changes

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