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Research Training for External Applicants

We welcome applications for the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Research Methods from external would-be students who wish to study for a recognised qualification in postgraduate research methods. We do not accept external applications directly to the MRes but upgrade may be discussed if appropriate on completion of the Postgraduate Diploma.

Candidates should have gained at least a 2:1 degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject area, or have a Masters degree in a relevant subject area. We also welcome applications from candidates who have worked for some years and have significant life and work experience that may provide a foundation for study on our programme.

If you are unsure about whether or not to apply to us, please contact us to discuss your plans and expectations of study, and we will be happy to advise you.  Our MRes programme prepares students effectively for a career in research. Successful students have gone on to gain the degree of PhD both here in the UK and overseas and many of our alumni are now working in academic posts.

The full programme consists of six double modules and a 60 credit dissertation (180 credits in total). We offer a range of study modes, including on-site, distance learning, full- and part-time pathways to suit your needs. We are familiar with the needs of students who are also working in paid employment or who have other responsibilities, and are flexible in our delivery to accommodate such needs wherever possible.

The programme includes four core modules: Research and Scholarship Skills, Philosophy of Research, Research Design and Data Generation, and Data Analysis.  There are also two further modules  Preparation of a Research Proposal and Research Paper and Presentation, which you complete with your supervisor.

The dissertation is generic in nature, focusing on some aspect of methodological development, comparison or critique. In the past students have addressed philosophical issues in relation to practice, compared and contrasted competing methods or methodologies, critiqued existing methods and so on.

We advise that you apply for the PG Certificate (60 credits) in the first instance, with a view to upgrade to the PG Diploma or full MRes in due course, (subject to satisfactory progress). This is because we cannot always guarantee you the availability of suitable supervision from the point of registration if you take the part-time route over a number of years. The PG Certificate allows you to take only three of the four core modules;  Research and Scholarship Skills, Research Design and Data Generation and Data Analysis.

For further information, an application pack, or to discuss your needs, please apply to:

Course Leader MRes Programme
Ian Fouweather