Research course

MSc by Research (all RAU Departments)

Royal Agricultural University · Royal Agricultural University
MS by research

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirement will be an Honours degree at upper second level or an equivalent academic qualification from a comparable international institution.

Mature candidates with significant relevant work experience and lower academic qualifications may also be considered for entry, following personal interview.

For students whose first language is not English, the University will accept the International English Language Test (IELTS) with a minimum overall score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in Writing and no less than 5.5 in all elements.

Months of entry

February, October

Course content


Research and innovation are vital to the agricultural and equine industries, which face the constant challenge of adapting to scientific and technological advances. Expert, evidence-based insights lie at the heart of the industry’s ability to respond to those changes in a way that will benefit the industry itself and the wider world. This programme is your chance to play a pivotal part in that process.

You will be trained by the RAU’s globally renowned researchers in how to formulate enquiries, critical approaches to reading, scientific writing, research methodology and statistics (e.g. Genstat, SPSS, NVivo).

You will also gain the skills and confidence to lead lectures and contribute to internal seminars and external conferences. You may also attend taught subject classes to update your knowledge and understanding on disciplines related to your chosen subject of study and to further your critical review skills.

The programme is completed when you submit your thesis for assessment at the end of the year and defend your research in a viva voce examination.


The full-time Master of Science by Research programme is a one year research project submitted as a thesis and examined in a viva voce.

  • Full-time – minimum 12 months / maximum 24 months
  • Part-time – minimum 18 months / maximum 36 months

Department specialisms

Agriculture, Land Management, Equine Industries

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,100 FT / £2,055 PT
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MS by research
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Professor Meriel Moore-Colyer
01285 88 99 12