If you want to take your studies to postgraduate level and push the boundaries of technology through your own research, then our MRes Technology research degree is for you.
Taught in our Faculty of Technology, this course is recognised for its research into cosmology, artificial intelligence, healthcare and computing, engineering, and mathematics. You can choose to study the course through campus-based or distance learning.
You'll develop strong skills in research planning, and expertise in your chosen area in the field of technology. When you graduate, you'll be in a strong position to pursue a career in technology, or progress to further postgraduate research, or research related positions.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Learn from expert staff and researchers with extensive expertise, many of whom are research active in their field
- Get skilled in lab, computer and field techniques through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions
- Use our multi-platform network suites and extensive laboratory facilities, including a mobile computing lab to develop Android and iOS apps, usability lab with eye tracking, analogue electronics and control engineering lab, and telecommunications and signal processing lab
- Access our extensive library resources and get help with tricky problems at our Maths Cafe
- Carry out an independent research project in one of the following schools: Computing, Engineering, Maths, Civil Engineering and Surveying, or Cosmology and Gravitation.
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Careers and opportunities
If you're considering further doctoral studies, or planning a career in technology or research, you'll pick up the skills and experience you need on this course.
Career opportunities include:
- Research assistant
- Graduate teaching
- General research
- PhD study
We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.
- A 2:1 or first class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants may be subject to interview.
- 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
- Full-time: £6,500
- Part-time: £3,250 per year (subject to annual increase)
- Full-time: £15,100
- Part-time: £7,550 per year (subject to annual increase)
Distance learning students
- Full-time: £4,500
- Part-time: £2,500 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
If you take exams that are hosted in external locations, you'll need to cover the cost of attending the exam. These costs can include travel, invigilation and courier services, and are normally in the region of £50 - £1,000.
If you take 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.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 unit worth 60 credits.
Core units include:
- Research Preparation and Development
- Research Internal Placement Unit
- Research Project Unit
Example project areas include:
- Computational intelligence
- 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
Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK). ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching methods on this course include:
- Research training sessions
- Advice from Academic staff
How you'll spend your time
The course is offered via full-time (one year) and part-time (two years) modes.
Full-time study consists of the following units:
- Research Preparation and Development (60 credits)
- Research Internal Placement Unit (30 credits)
- Research Project Unit (90 credits)
Part-time students will instead complete the 60-credit Research Preparation and Development unit in the first year and the 90-credit Research Project unit in the second year.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- Research project
Admissions terms and conditionsWhen you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.
Apply for this course using our online application form.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.