You will need at least a UK 2:1 honours degree or equivalent. *Note that, for part-time students who combine their studies with paid employment, their employment should normally be related to the research project they are undertaking.
Months of entry
January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February
Studying for an MA or MSc by Research (MbR) can be an excellent opportunity to develop your intellectual skills and your academic interest in a particular field. The MbR is a 12-month research project (24 months part-time). It is distinct from our taught masters programmes and involves planning, implementing and writing up a research project. You will be supervised by two members of academic staff and will be encouraged to submit your work for publication at the end of the course.
We have projects to which you can apply but you are also welcome to propose your own research project.
By undertaking an original piece of research you will develop a mixture of high-level subject-specific and generic skills. These include:
- Project management (the ability to organise, plan and carry through to completion a complicated project).
- Technical expertise (project dependent but may also include good laboratory and fieldwork practice and advanced health and safety skills).
- High-level oral communication skills (especially on projects involving external partners and sponsors with whom you will liaise).
- Strong written communication skills (in writing up your research project you will become proficient at explaining complicated ideas in simple language).
- Data analysis skills (data handling, collation, and, where appropriate, statistical and graphical analysis).
- Self-motivation. Although you will be closely supervised, you will have to be strongly self-motivated to succeed.
The MbR is suitable for:
- Recent graduates who wish to follow up their first degree with more in-depth study of a particular field of interest, linked to further study such as a PhD or to a job in a particular sector (e.g. water company).
- Mid-career candidates who are currently employed, for instance in education, local government, or environmental consultancy, who want a continuing professional development opportunity that allows them to enhance their skills in areas relevant to their job.
Information for international students
TOEFL score (internet-based test) of at least 92 overall with at least 21 in listening and reading, 22 in writing and 23 in speaking. IELTS (Academic) score of at least 6.5, with at least 6.0 in all components. PTE (Academic) score of 64, with at least 60 in all components.
Fees and funding
In most years we are able to offer project specific bursaries of £1000 or more, some of which are funded by project partners or outside sponsors. Read about our funding.
Qualification and course duration
MA by research
Course contact details
- Jacqui Manton
- +44 (0)113 343 6531