The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA by Research is an upper second honours degree (2:1) from a UK university or a qualification of an equivalent standard, in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed. 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 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable). Further information on international entry requirements and English language entry requirements is available on our international webpages.
Months of entry
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. Such programmes are attractive to those wanting a briefer research degree than a PhD.
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'll be expected to work to an approved programme of work which you will develop in conjunction with your supervisor within the first few months of starting your studies. Whilst undertaking the research project you will also have the opportunity to develop your research skills by taking part in training courses and events.
You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members to advise and support you on your project.
At the end of the project you'll write up your findings in the form of a short thesis of around 25,000 words, which will then be examined.
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).
Qualification and course duration
MA by research
Course contact details
- Admissions (AX515 FT/AX566 PT)