Research and investigate how the boundaries of technology can be expanded

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Why take this course?

You will have the opportunity to focus your research interests, with the freedom to investigate how the boundaries of technology can be further expanded. The course is taught within the Faculty of Technology, which has gained national and international recognition for its research into cosmology, artificial intelligence, health care and computing, engineering, and mathematics. This course can also also be achieved through distance learning.

You can study this course through campus-based or distance learning.

What will I experience?

You will undertake a large research project of your choosing which will match the research profile of one of the following Schools in Computing, Engineering, Maths, Civil Engineering and Surveying, or Cosmology and Gravitation. Your project will be supported through formal research training sessions and you will also benefit from the advice of world leading experts. A feature of this programme is the opportunity to work with a research active member of staff through a Research Internal Placement unit. 

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course will provide a thorough grounding should you consider moving towards doctoral studies, or pursue research related positions, roles and activities as a career. You will develop a wide variety of skills, experience and competence throughout your studies, offering further advantages in terms of many employment opportunities.

Tutor quote - Alice Good

The MRes course enables students to demonstrate excellence in appropriate research planning and skills, and then to prepare students to move into further postgraduate (Doctoral) research study.

Dr Alice Good, MRes Technology Course Leader

Key Facts

1 year full time or 2 years part time (campus-based), 1 year full time or 2 years part time (distance learning). Start: September.
A 2:1 or first class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17 entry: full time: £5,200, part time: £2,600 p/a* (2 years)
2017/18 entry: full time: £5,200, part time: £2,600 p/a* (2 years)

Full time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
Part time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan 

International students
2016/17 entry: full time: £13,700, part time: £6,850 p/a* (2 years)
2017/18 entry: full time: £14,400, part time: £7,200 p/a* (2 years)

Distance Learning students
2016/17 entry: full time: £4,200, part time: £2,100 p/a* (2 years)
2017/18 entry: full time: £4,200, part time: £2,100 p/a* (2 years)

Distance learning course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan

*Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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Programme specification

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The course is offered via full-time (one year) and part-time (two years) modes. The following provides an overview of the full-time course content (part-time students will complete the 60-credit Research Preparation and Development unit in the first year and the 90-credit Research Project unit in the second year).

  • Research Preparation and Development (60 credits)
  • Research Internal Placement Unit (30 credits)
  • Research Project Unit (90 credits)

Example project areas

  • Computational intelligence
  • Biomechanics
  • Mobile health
  • Networking and security or systems
  • Healthcare modelling and informatics
  • Cosmic structures formation
  • Galaxy dynamics and surveys
  • Composite structures
  • Renewable energy and sustainability 
  • Business/systems analysis
  • Forensic computing

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Specialist Software and Equipment

A full range of industry software will be available for you to use in the computer labs, supported by multi-platform network suites offering a variety of operating systems. You’ll have a range of excellent resources at your fingertips including:

  • mobile computing lab to develop Android and iOS apps
  • pervasive computing lab for high performance computing
  • usability lab including state of the art eye tracking equipment
  • Linux and Windows systems
  • forensics lab with industry standard forensic tools


We offer you a range of labs such as the Analogue Electronics and Control Engineering Laboratory and the Telecommunications and Signal Processing Laboratory. From Digital Signal Processing (DSP) kits to walking robots, all are well-equipped with industry-standard experimental and computational facilities.

Maths Café

Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer-aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

We also subscribe to the Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) Digital Library, which will give you access to full text articles from leading computing and computer science journals.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

Other costs to consider

If you take taught units and are assessed by examination elsewhere, you will need to cover the costs of attending the exam at an agreed, approved location. This may include travel, invigilation, courier etc and will be in the region of £50 - £1,000.

If you take taught units owned and administered by other Academic Departments, please contact the Learning at Work department to determine whether there are any extra study costs associated with that unit.

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Career prospects

If you are considering moving towards doctoral studies, or pursue research related positions, roles and activities as a career, this course will provide you with the skills and experience you need. You will also be in an excellent position to apply for any related doctoral training programme, research assistant positions, graduate teaching positions, or general research related roles.

Career planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.

We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.

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Online application form

Apply direct using our online form

Your application will be received by the University Admissions Centre for consideration.

Postgraduate Information Days

Our Postgraduate Information Days give you the opportunity to visit the University and meet with course leaders. You can also go to a range of academic and support-based talks to get the information you need to consider when studying at postgraduate level with us.

Come and visit us on Wednesday 26 April 2017, 1pm - 5pm.

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Other opportunities to visit

Download our free walking tour PDF for a self-guided tour of the University. You can visit Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4pm.

We have an open-door policy so you will be able to take a look in our buildings, speak to some of our support services and get a feel for the campus.

Find out more about our self-guided walking tours

If you are unable to visit us, contact the admissions team – see the 'Key Facts' section above for contact details.

Further information

If you have any further enquiries about postgraduate study at Portsmouth, including advice on the Postgraduate Loan entry, plus scholarships and bursaries available, visit our postgraduate pages.

International Students

Staff from our international Office regularly attend overseas exhibitions. To find out more about these and our visits to your region see our International Office exhibitions page.

Fees and Funding

Find out more about fees and funding available to you at Portsmouth.