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MRes is a research focused Master's which provides an ideal platform for professional development or prepares you for PhD study. Pursue your own research interests; do what excites you.
A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent.
Sometimes applicants with other degrees are assessed at interview, and an appropriate reading programme prepared for them.
We welcome applications from experienced practitioners with non-traditional qualifications.
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UCAS institution code P63
Duration One year full-time or two years part-time
The Master of Research (MRes) is a flexible programme based around three taught research methods modules, an independent project relating to your specialist subject area, and a Master's thesis (supported through academic tutorials). The supervisory team are all research active within their subject specialisms.
The programme promotes collaborative engagement between students and research active academic staff. This engagement has already resulted in a number of research publications. It provides an opportunity for individuals from a range of professional and academic backgrounds to gain a critical appreciation of developments in their specialist subject area and to enhance the analytical and research skills necessary to engage in advanced research projects.
The MRes forms an important part of the Higher Degree portfolio of the University. The MRes programme provides a good grounding in the research process and can be used as a stepping stone into Doctoral research.
It provides an opportunity for individuals from a range of professional and academic backgrounds to gain a critical appreciation of developments in their specialist subject area and to enhance the analytical and research skills necessary to engage in advanced research projects. The flexibility of the programme makes it suitable for both those who are experienced practitioners undertaking senior roles, as well as less experienced students looking to lay the foundations for a new career pathway following an undergraduate degree.
The following subject specialisms are available:
Design your own research projects with a supervisor with related expertise and a real interest in your ideas
Be positioned at the cutting edge of contemporary issues and debates about literature
Flexibility to pursue your research projects over one, two, or three years
Scope to be original and innovative in your approach and thinking
Research based Masters which provides an ideal platform for professional development or prepares you for PhD study
We welcome applications from experienced practitioners with non traditional qualifications
“ The MRes course enables students to explore a very specific topic within their chosen subject area. The lecturers are extremely knowledgeable and give help and guidance at every opportunity. You’ll learn essential research design skills to help you to develop your Master’s thesis. The modules are the same no matter what subject you study and you’ll be assigned a specialist tutor from your own subject area who will guide you through the process to ensure you gain the most out of the course.”
What is it I most enjoy about my subject and how might I pursue this at Masters level?
What are the current issues and debates around my area of interest?
How can I use my projects to further my professional development, or to prepare me for PhD study?
How can I successfully plan and structure my research projects around my busy life?
In what ways might my research projects be original and innovative, and enable me to think outside the box?
What do I want to specialise in when I finish the MRes?
“ I hadn’t appreciated, prior to engaging on the course, the tremendous amount of resources that Marjon provides; not just in terms of outstanding laboratory research facilities; but in terms of people.”
“MRes is structured with the individual student in mind. Personal supervision from an enthusiastic and highly insightful supervisor offered an open approach to project design. This granted me the means to release my intellectual energies in a productive way. I found the process not only helped to expand my investigative abilities but also increased my self-confidence. MRes was a gateway to PhD, and an enjoyably rigorous undertaking. It has been an experience for which I will always be grateful.”
Ron is now a PhD student.
Your MRes experience with Marjon is customised to reflect your own professional aspirations and increase your potential to progress with your current employer or within the wider sector. The MRes programme also provides a good grounding in the research process and can be used as a stepping stone into Doctoral research.
It is anticipated that teaching of the three taught research methods modules will take place on one afternoon per week. Academic tutorials support students with their project work and Master's thesis. Students have access to the research seminar series and the annual University Learning, Teaching and Research conference.
The project supervisor will have expertise in the chosen area and will provide guidance throughout the process. Where appropriate, a second supervisor will also be involved. In addition to project supervision, research workshops will be offered during the course of the year, when students will be brought together to explore particular research themes and additional electronic resources and tutorial support will be made available as appropriate.
The programme is assessed through a range of methods including essays, reports, research proposals, literature reviews and the Master's thesis.
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Rosanna manages the MRes framework, she is an experienced researcher and the first point of contact for enquiries about the MRes framework.
Fees UK students: £6,500 per annum
Fees for International students: £12,500 per annum
This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.
Our Student Funding Advisors offer confidential and impartial advice about your funding options.Learn more
Students can expect to be on campus one day a week.
You are required to attend some sessions at our Plymouth campus.
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