PhDs and postgraduate research
What is an MRes (Master of Research)?
Despite its name, a Master of Research (MRes) is not technically a research degree, but a taught postgraduate degree during which you'll complete a large research project.
Open to applicants with a UK undergraduate degree or international equivalent, our MRes courses offer a structured entry into research and the chance to study a specific subject area in greater depth, while developing your research skills.
You'll spend a third of your time in the taught element of your course – covering your chosen subject and training in research methodology – and the remaining two-thirds completing your personalised research dissertation.
With an MRes you'll be in a great position to move onto further research, such as a PhD, or to use your new postgraduate qualification to progress your career, thanks to the skills you'll develop – such as critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, creativity, communication and leadership.
What was unique about the MRes was that I could pick the course subject and title together with my supervisor. The course involves similar tasks to the first year of a PhD making it a great transitional postgraduate course.
Our MRes degree courses
We currently offer the following MRes degrees:
Fees and funding
For details of how much your studies will cost – and to start exploring the funding options open to you while you study for your MRes – check the relevant course page from the list above.
In terms of funding your MRes, you may be eligible for a Government Postgraduate Master's Loan, which you can use to fund your tuition fees, living costs and other course costs, up to a maximum of £10,609 per course. You can check your eligibility and start applying here.
To see other sources of funding that may be open to you when you apply, visit our page on funding your research degree.
How to apply
Ready to apply? Click your chosen course from the list above to get started.