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Course content

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. The degree programme provides opportunities to develop advanced research skills, and assessments are focused on real world relevant outputs (such as a research protocol for a funding application and a potentially publishable paper for submission to the peer-review process). Individual modules may be available to applicants wishing to acquire particular research skills.

Teaching, learning and assessment

There are two taught modules (Research Methods and Applied Research) designed to develop skills in, and awareness of, the modern research environment. These are delivered via seminars, workshops, online learning and independent study. 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.

Applying to this programme

Due to the heavy focus on the Research Project, students will need to produce an outline protocol (2-3 sides of A4) of their intended research project, including a named supervisor who has the expertise to supervise the project, as part of the application process. This should normally be prepared in conjunction with the named academic member of staff. Applicants should therefore identify the subject area within which they would like to conduct their research and either make contact with a member of staff directly, or ask to be put in touch with subject area  research advisors via the programme leader Dr Stephen Darling (see opposite). Browsing webpages of the relevant subject areas within the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management on the QMU website will allow potential applicants to determine the current research interests of the academic staff.

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.


The MRes may be the first stage in an academic career and the skills gained on this degree course are a sound basis on which to pursue doctoral studies for a PhD award. The skills gained through the MRes will also give students a thorough base from which to pursue a career in undertaking research activities in other organisations, relevant to service users, industry or society.

Quick Facts

  • Students who complete this  course will have acquired and demonstrated the fundamental skills required to successfully conduct sound research and disseminate research findings.
  • Graduates will be well-equipped to embark on a research career within academia.
  • Graduates will also be well-equipped to carry out research related activities in other settings, working for organisations beyond academia.

Visit the Master of Research page on the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh website for more details!





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