The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA by Research is an Honours degree (2:1 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed.
A research proposal will be needed of between 500-700 words (plus bibliography) delineating your proposed area of research. Don't choose something too broad; your research must be achievable in the time. This detail will be reviewed in conjunction with your online research degree application to identify academic supervision providing the necessary expertise and knowledge to guide you through your research degree.
Months of entry
January, September, April
A Master's by Research (MA) allows you to undertake a one year (full time) research degree. It contains little or no formal taught component. This type of study gives you the chance to explore a research topic over a shorter time than a more in-depth doctoral programme, but it still requires independent study.
Research Master's students choose a specific project to work on and have a greater degree of independence in their work than is the case with a taught masters course.
You are expected to work to an approved programme of work which you will develop within the first few months of commencement of study, in conjunction with your supervisor. Whilst undertaking the research project, under the supervision of the supervisor, you will also develop your research skills.
At the end of the project you write up your findings in the form of a short thesis of around 25,000 words and this will then be examined.
You will be appointed a main supervisor who will advise and support you on your project.
On successful completion, you will be awarded your degree and if you have enjoyed this taste of research you may then decide to apply for the full research doctoral degree (PhD).
Information for international students
For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification (the minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable).
Further information on international entry requirements and English language entry requirements is available on our international webpages
Qualification and course duration
MA by research
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries (DX501/DX551)
- +44 (0)1484 478249