Masters (research, MThR/MScR)

The masters is a one year research full-time (or two years part-time) programme.

Masters by Research (MScR/MThR) programmes tend to place an emphasis on research skills: around two thirds of the course content consists of research project work. These programmes aim to develop your research skills and so provide a good preparation for PhD study.

If you are unsure whether a PhD is right for you, a Masters by Research can give you useful experience of what studying for a doctorate might be like, whilst at the same time allowing you to earn a valuable Masters-level qualification.

During your study you will write a 15,000 word dissertation and three supervised research essays (two 4,000 and one at 7,000 words); or two research articles for an academic journal (7,500 words each).  You will have regular 1:1 supervision and work with advice from two supervisors.  Students are given training in research methods, which offers a practical approach to postgraduate-level skills of critical investigation and writing.

Full-time or part-time?

Most of our programmes are available to study full-time or part-time. There are advantages to both modes of study, but the mode you choose will depend on your ongoing commitments, your financial resources and your individual study preferences.  Please note that if you require a visa for study purposes, you will not normally be permitted to study on a part time basis.

You are encouraged to contact a potential supervisor to discuss your research project before making a formal application or  the programme director for further guidance.

Further information

Director of Postgraduate Studies

Professor Matthew Novenson


Profile page: Professor Matthew Novenson

Potential supervisor

Visit: Academic staff

Postgraduate Admissions

Phone: +44 (0)131 650 8952


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