Our Master of Research (MRes) programme will develop you into a high-calibre, reflective psychology specialist skilled in delivering evidence-based research. The course is designed for those who wish to enhance their career prospects by taking their research skills to the next level. It differs from more traditional taught masters programmes – such as an MSc –because of its focus on enhancing research methods and skills. Covering both quantitative and qualitative approaches, you will gain a thorough grounding in the methods and processes which underpin original research in psychology and then conduct your own major independent research project under expert supervision.
The course offers an ideal foundation for students who aspire to doctoral studies in the future but may not be able to commit to a PhD at this stage of their career. If, however, you decide to progress to a PhD at Derby, your MRes qualification will count as stage one of your doctoral programme.
You will be allocated a research project supervisor who will oversee your progress and mentor you through your development as an active, engaged researcher. We encourage you to design research projects which relate directly to real-world issues. There may be opportunities to work with some of our partners across the voluntary and charitable sectors to deliver research findings which help them shape their future services. We provide every opportunity for you to tailor your studies to match your current job role, your personal and professional interests, and your career ambitions.
Skills in research, analysis and evaluation are increasingly valued by employers across many different sectors. The thorough understanding of psychological theory, research and methodology you gain from your MRes studies will therefore give you a distinct advantage as you pursue your career.
Your qualification will act as a vital stepping stone, enabling you to apply for:
If you are already working, the MRes can also provide excellent continuing professional development and lifelong learning opportunities, helping you become a more psychologically aware practitioner.
If you are interested in progressing to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of Derby, your MRes qualification will count as stage one of your doctoral programme.
Master of Research (Biomedical Science) – MRes / PGCert
Master of Research (Psychology) – MRes / PGCert
Master of Research (Health) - MRes/PGCert
The Master of Research (MRes) programme provides high quality and professionally relevant training in research methods and analysis for health, psychology and biomedical science graduates.
Through the taught modules students will develop their research skills, including critically appraising literature, developing research proposals, laboratory techniques, project management, presenting findings (through oral, written and digital media) and applying for funding. Students will be introduced to a wide range of methodologies and practical techniques relevant to their discipline. Training will be provided in research governance and ethical procedures to ensure students are prepared for work as professional researchers.
Students will conduct two substantial research studies in a topic of their choice, supervised by experienced members of academic staff. These studies will be written up in the form of journal articles and will form a substantial component of the credits for the MRes award.
This award prepares you for a future in research and progression on to PhD studies.
Students will complete the following modules over the course of one full year (full-time) or two years (part-time); modules can be viewed HERE.
There are subject specific and three shared modules which prepare you for your area of research and develop your skills as a researcher.
Students will complete a dissertation proposal (10 credits) and associated ethics application. This is followed by the dissertation which counts for 100 credits. The dissertation is written as two research papers which address two discrete areas of the research project. The dissertation will involve all the elements of the research process from the design of the study, data collection, analysis of findings and write up in the format of a journal article. Students will be supervised by two members of staff to complete their dissertation. Students will be matched with appropriate staff members who have expertise in the chosen topic and/or methodology.
The MRes programme comprises 180 credits of which 110 are gained from completing a dissertation proposal and dissertation on the students chosen topic. Therefore the programme is largely independent research, with the support of academic supervisors. The 70 credits of specialised research taught modules ensure you will be equipped with the knowledge, practical and professional skills to engage in your chosen research area and also to provide you with a broader knowledge base of research methodologies. The taught based modules will involve a variety of different learning and teaching methods including: lectures, seminars, small group work, workshops, online learning, tutorials and self-directed learning.
Each student will be allocated two members of staff to supervise their dissertation and a separate personal tutor. Your personal tutor will support you with pastoral care and advice for career planning, e.g. supporting you to complete a personal development plan.
Each module has its own form of assessment. The majority of modules are assessed via coursework, including research reviews, reports, essays and presentations. The dissertation will be written up in the format of two journal articles.
MRes graduates will be well placed for PhD level study or a career that involves carrying out, critically appraising or applying research findings. Evidence based practice means that a knowledge and understanding of research is essential in all health related domains so that health care providers are able to interpret previous research findings, as well as contributing to the process of designing and carrying out research projects. Graduates will also be well equipped in roles which involve scientific writing, analysis of research, designing or administering research projects and development of research portfolios.