Masters by Research (MRes)
A Masters by Research (MRes) is usually 12 months in length (if taken full time) and enables you to focus on a particular topic in depth. It allows you to uncover new knowledge or develop your own area of research expertise. An MRes requires you to produce a research dissertation (typically 30,000 words in length) based on your agreed area of research via independent study. You will not be taught through lectures but will be supported by a supervisor/s within your chosen university.
Important points to consider:
- Research degrees are focused on independent study, so you control the pace and direction of your independent research project.
- MRes is a qualification with usually a year’s intensive research training before you continue to doctorate level.
- This may suit you if you enjoyed your dissertation module, you like to research and you work effectively independently.
- FindAMasters: The Master of Research (MRes) Degree – A Guide
- Jobs.ac.uk: Which Master’s Degree – MRes or MA/MSc?
- Funding for MRes
A doctorate (PhD) will usually take a minimum of 3 years to complete. As a PhD student, you will undertake an original piece of research, which you then write up and present as a thesis. This is a long-term project and is therefore very demanding and you need to be sure you can maintain the motivation required. Although some will only ask for a degree (usually 2:1 or above) to start a PhD, the majority of institutions require PhD candidates to possess a Masters degree qualification as well.
- Have you enjoyed dissertation or project work?
- Do you want to research a subject, which is normally related to your degree?
- Do you want to work in academic research?
- Are you likely to obtain a 1st class degree or 2.1 at the minimum?