Postgraduate Research

Master of Research

This course focuses on developing research skills – allowing graduates to maximize their effectiveness in making a difference to organisations, clients and to society at large. The course will give students the skills and experience they need to become successful researchers, and to convey their message to the wider world effectively. Graduates will be very competitively placed to advance their research careers, perhaps by moving on to a PhD.

The MRes is an award that may be the first step towards an academic research career. It would also be relevant for students keen to pursue research in other organisations with client-focused settings.

You will find case studies on students and graduates of this course at the foot of this page.


Why QMU?

Our MRes students go on to have successful careers applying their research skills.

Focus on your research passions with guidance and support of our expert staff.

Our MRes can be very tightly tailored to your research interests and personal situation – it as an extremely flexible programme.

Course overview

The MRes is an award that may be the first step towards an academic research career. It would also be relevant for students keen to pursue research in other organisations with client-focused settings.

This course is for students with a research interest in any of our subjects. You will be well supported throughout your MRes studies by our team - as well as being mentored by a specific supervisor who is expert in your area.

The course provides opportunities to develop advanced research skills, and assessments are focused on real world relevant outputs (such as a research paper, a consultancy report, or a briefing paper). Individual modules may be available to applicants wishing to acquire particular research skills.

Exit awards

MRes (180 credits)


To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit bearing modules. You can opt to study for the full MRes or a PgCert. You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for CPD. On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

There are two compulsory taught modules (Research Methods and Applied Research) designed to develop skills in, and awareness of, the modern research environment. These are delivered via online learning. There maybe opportunities to additional tutorials on campus. A major component of this course is the Research Project, which offers students the opportunity to carry out an extensive piece of research, or to produce a client report, with the expectation of an output suitable for submission to the peer-review the process for potential publication.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out self-directed, independent work. Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part time. For some students it will be possible to complete the course with very modest physical attendance, whilst others may wish to take advantage of QMU’s extensive onsite research facilities.

Each taught module will require 120 hours of directed learning most of which can be done at a time convenient to the student.

Links with industry/ professional bodies

Depending on your research topic, our team will be able to facilitate engagement with industry/stakeholder groups/ professional bodies as necessary.


  • Research Methods (30 credits)
  • Applied Research (30 credits)
  • Research Project (120 credits)

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (Sept 18), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students. Please check this site for any updates.

Class sizes

Normally around 12 students enrol on the course each year.

Single modules for CPD

Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Please contact Dr Steve Darling for more information.


While there are no formal placements organised as part of the MRes, students can carry their research out in a range of environments including business, industry, workplaces, services, community organisations, charities, etc.


The MRes may be the first stage in an academic career. The skills that you will gain are a sound basis to pursue doctoral studies for a PhD award or a career in undertaking research activities in other organisations, relevant to service users, industry or society.

Entry requirements

A first class or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject that includes a preliminary training in research methods, or equivalent.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0.

Additionally, you must produce an outline research proposal which we judge to be feasible and appropriate for the level of study, and which is in a field we can supervise. Finally, you will need to be interviewed. Interviews may take place in person or by telephone.

Application deadline


More information and contacts

Admissions or Dr Stephen Darling on tel: +44 (0)131 474 0000

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

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Course Overview

Taught modules at QMU, with additional online learning. Research project conducted in an appropriate laboratory or applied setting agreed with supervisor.
Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2.5 years
Start Date
September 2019
Study Abroad
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