MRes Technology student models virtual reality tech
Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time, Part-time by distance learning, Full-time by distance learning
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date
September 2021, January 2022


If you want to take your studies in technology to postgraduate level then our MRes Technology degree – a flexible postgraduate taught course, during which you'll complete a large research project – 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'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.

You can study this course over 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time as a campus-based learner or by distance learning.

And when you graduate, you'll do so with one of the following degrees, depending on what you choose to focus on:

  • MRes Technology (Cosmology & Astrophysics)
  • MRes Technology (Health Informatics)
  • MRes Technology (Operational Research & Logistics)
  • MRes Technology (Computer Science)
  • MRes Technology (Mathematics)
  • MRes Technology (Physics)
  • MRes Technology (Civil Engineering)
  • MRes Technology (Energy & Electronic Engineering)
  • MRes Technology (Mechanical & Design Engineering)

Entry requirements​

MRes Technology Master's degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • A 2:1 or first class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Selection process
  • Applicants may be subject to interview.

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.

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.

What jobs can you do with a Technology MRES?

Career opportunities include:

  • Research assistant
  • Graduate teaching
  • General research
  • PhD study
  • Technology

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

What you'll study on this MRes Technology degree course

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.


Core modules include:

  • Research Preparation and Development
  • Research Project

Example project areas include:

  • 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

Research projects

You'll be able to join active research projects in the following subject areas:

These lists are not exhaustive and you'll need to meet and discuss the project you're interested in with a member of research staff before you apply. You can also do a project in another area, as long as you're able to present your ideas into a research proposal. You'll discuss this with the course leader during your application.

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.

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.

Learning support

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
  • referencing
  • 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

​Course costs

Tuition fees

These fees are based on courses starting in September 2020. We'll publish September 2021/January 2022 fees here in autumn 2020.

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full-time: £7,800
  • Part-time: £3,900 per year

International students

  • Full-time: £16,400
  • Part-time: £8,200 per year

Distance learning students

  • Full-time: £4,800
  • Part-time: £2,350 per year

Tuition fees are 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. 

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

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.


Start your application by following the link below:

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) 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.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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