Masters by Research (MRes)

This 12 month (20 month part time) programme of study offers training in your chosen discipline through original investigative research. The nature of the research project is specified by the team offering the project, and you will train under their supervision. This type of study will see you develop your specific research skills, equipping you with research experience, for both the professional work environment, and also for further academic study, for example, as preparation for a PhD.

Entry requirements

Academic: We normally expect applicants to have at least a first- or second-class honours degree from a UK institution, or a qualification of an equivalent level. We may consider applicants who don't meet these academic requirements if they have extensive relevant experience.

English language: You will also need excellent English written and oral communication skills to undertake a research degree. We may ask you to provide evidence of your ability to read, speak, write and listen in English. Your English ability can be demonstrated in a number of ways, but as a guideline, an IELTS score must be at least 6.5. Further details are available in our English Language Policy.

References: All applicants must include two references. These should normally be academic references, although applicants who have been out of education for more than three years may submit one academic and one professional reference.

Intakes and deadlines

Our standard entry times for MRes are October and March, but you may submit your application at any time and it will be considered for the next available intake.

  • Normal deadline for applications for October intake is 31st May
  • Normal deadline for applications for March intake is 30th November in the preceding year.


You can find information about our fees here.

Formal applications

Applications should be made online using one of the links below, depending on your subject area. If you are applying for an MRes project listed on Find a PhD, you will have been directed to the correct link.

If you're not sure which area to submit your application in, select the one you think is most suitable and the admissions team will check it for you.

Documents to include

  • Two academic references, using the Research Academic References Form
  • A personal research statement. This should include (a) a brief description of your relevant experience and skills, (b) an indication of what you would uniquely bring to the project and (c) a statement of how this project fits with your future direction. If you are not responding to an advertised project, then your personal research statement will need to include an outline of the project you are proposing.

What's next?

After you've submitted your application, the postgraduate admissions team will send it to the appropriate school for consideration. Once the school has made a decision, the admissions team will email you to let you know whether you have been selected for interview.

Contact us

Email the postgraduate admissions team:

The postgraduate admissions team will be able to give you general advice on the application process.