Research course

Master's by Research

Bournemouth University · Faculty of Science and Technology

Entry requirements

We would normally expect you to have an Honours degree at Upper Second Class (2.1) and/or an appropriate masters degree. Some supervisors may ask you for additional entry requirements such as relevant work experience, evidence of written work, or previous study of a particular subject. Entry requirements may vary so it is important to discuss your application in principle before submitting a formal application.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MRes is focused on the development of generic research knowledge and critical analysis skills applied to independent research on an approved topic. You would normally complete your study within 1 year full-time study (2 years part-time). An MRes programme of research would normally involve a literature study, an experimental or hypothesis-testing phase, an evaluation phase and a writing-up phase. Your independent research would be written up as a thesis, which is expected to be between 15,000 and 30,000 words. Assessment of your thesis will consist of two stages:

  • presentation of the thesis
  • the oral examination (including a 30 minute presentation and a 60 minute viva voce examination)

A Master's by Research (MRes) contains no formally assessed taught component although you will be expected to fully engage with the Postgraduate Researcher Development Framework, which includes research methodology training. Your MRes project will be developed in collaboration with experienced academic members of University staff, who will provide you with specialist knowledge and supervisory input, whilst you gain access to BU’s vast technical and information resources. The MRes is intended to provide research and professional development training in any BU subject discipline area and is particularly aimed at those who would like to have more comprehensive training in original research and/or have the desire to go on to do doctoral studies; but is also ideal for individuals who wish to undertake research into a particiular area of interest.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
£12,000 - £14,000

For details of fees and funding opportunities, please visit our website.

From time to time we offer fully-funded PhD studentships.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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