Have you enjoyed undertaking research during your degree? Are you thinking about doctoral (PhD) study or a career in a STEM business, industry or academia? If so, our postgraduate Master's in Research (MRes) course will be a great start for you.
Its aim is to provide two key ingredients for early-career researchers – transferable research skills and expertise in your chosen subject. You'll undertake an original project with experienced supervisors, and join the day-to-day life of a research group.
You'll develop the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective researcher, and prepare a publication-quality manuscript, grant application and conference presentation.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Learn research preparation skills such as personal effectiveness, research management, professional skills, networking, research organisation, science communication and impact
- Complete an extended scientific laboratory- or fieldwork-based research project
- Be supported by enthusiastic and qualified staff, who will help you develop advanced research skills
- Use our specialist laboratories, equipment and instruments
- Graduate with the skills and abilities needed for a career as a professional researcher
Work experience and career planning
We'll actively help you to identify opportunities that will complement your research studies.
This will include university, faculty and Department-specific research talks, seminars, networking events and conferences.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your research skills to work.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
The large majority of your time and taught sessions will be with your supervisory and research team.
Both modules involve a number of taught sessions which are selected by the supervisory team and the student from those available from the Graduate School and from Faculty and Department/School subject-specific provision.
Sessions in the Graduate School contain material aligned to the nationally recognised Researcher Development Framework.
You will experience a satisfying intellectual challenge within a productive research community, aided by supportive supervision.
How you're assessed
The course comprises two modules:
Research Project (120 credits).
This comprises the main part of the course, with an extended research project undertaken in one of the eight Schools and Departments in the Faculty of Science, plus a research paper, funding application, conference poster and research talk.
Research Preparation and Development (60 credits).
This comprises a wide range of RDF skills, including personal effectiveness, research management, professional skills, networking, research organisation, science communication, impact, literature review and job application.
Assessment for each module is by regularly-spaced coursework items, whose aim is to build a complete skill set for successful research career development.
Careers and opportunities
You'll graduate from the MRes Science degree course with strong research and transferable skills for doctoral study or STEM posts in industry and business.
What can you do with a Science degree?
Career opportunities include:
- PhD study
- Research assistant
- Laboratory management
- Science communication
- Specialist STEM research
- Wider R&D sector jobs
We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment after your course, including through industrial contact, careers events, recruitment fairs and expert sector-specific advice.