The MSc by Research is a one year full-time, or two year part-time, thesis based research degree for students looking for a research programme, but who may not be ready or able to commit to the three years study required by a traditional PhD programme, e.g.:
The MSc by Research can be studied with a supervisor from any one of the school’s cutting-edge research groups; details of which can be found on the University website here.
*Students may transfer to a PhD if the first few months go very well and necessary funding is in place. Otherwise there is an option for a student to submit their MSc by Research thesis against the first year of a PhD and transfer to the PhD at the beginning of the second year.
The MSc by Research is based around a research area in which you wish to develop a viable project, linked to a supervisor who can support this research with relevant expertise. Applications can be made through any of our Research Group across the many areas of valuable research undertaken in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
You will be required to submit a research proposal for the project you are interested in, however, your final research activity will be defined in consultation with your supervisor.
It is important that you clearly describe your area of research interest, as this will enable us to match you with potential supervisors or research groups more easily.
A good research proposal is one of the most important aspects of your application. This should confirm the quality of your ideas, your ability to think originally and critically, to ensure that you really understand the depth of investigation that your research will entail, and that you have a good understanding of the key theories and relevant literature.When writing your proposal you should consider the following points:
Without a clear project proposal we will not be able to proceed with your application, so please ensure you take time to provide a clearly defined project idea.
Please note that a personal statement is not acceptable as a project proposal.
Training Programme and Assessment
MSc by Research students must submit a thesis for examination; the thesis is the primary focus of this degree.
As part of the MSc by Research, every student will complete the following training:
All students must complete and pass the two research skills training modules (IS4001 and SE4101); assessment is based on coursework. These modules must be completed prior to the submission of the MSc by Research thesis.
When should I apply?
The course can be studied on a one year Full-time or a two year Part-time basis, and starts in October each year. Please apply as early as possible to enable us to process your application in good time for the start of the course.
This is particularly important for international students who need extra time to apply for their Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) and visa.
You should have been awarded, or expect to achieve, a first or upper second class Honours degree or a Master’s degree in a relevant subject (or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution).
Please provide transcripts of the marks you have already achieved with your application. If your qualification is suitable and your grades are good, we would normally accept this as providing evidence of your research potential.
We also consider applicants who have substantial and significant work experience in a relevant field.
For applicants from non-English speaking countries, it is necessary to have taken one of the following English language courses accepted by the University, achieving the following scores:
Your test must have been taken no more than two years before the start date of your course.
However, if you hold a Bachelor or Master's degree from a UK university, this requirement may be waived. Further information can be found here, or you can contact the school for further information.
If you do not have a valid English language qualification this will be requested as a condition of any offer that is issued.
To submit an application you need to complete the on-line application process; details of this can be found here. Select Master of Science by Research as the degree programme.
If you wish to apply for the Part-time course select the full-time option and the mode of attendance will be amended at the offer stage of the process.
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