Research course

Research (all RAU Schools of Study)

Royal Agricultural University · Royal Agricultural University
MSc by research

Entry requirements

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 with the Director of Research, Dr John Conway. For students whose first language is not English, the University will accept the International English Language Test (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7.0 in all elements.

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

Develop your research skills as part of a team investigating key challenges facing the agriculture, land management or equine industries. In addition, you may also attend taught subject classes to update your knowledge and understanding on disciplines related to your 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. Part-time is available over two years for UK/EU students.


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.


Research students receive training in formulating research enquiries, critical reading, scientific writing, research methodology, statistics (e.g. Genstat, SPSS, NVivo), as well as lecturing skills. Researchers will contribute to internal seminars and present at conferences.

To find out more about, please contact the Director of Research, Dr John Conway.

Department specialisms

Agriculture Land Management Equine Industries

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
£2,025 pa (min. registration 2 years)

We do not offer any scholarships or bursaries for research degrees.

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr John Conway
01285 88 99 12