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  • You have the flexibility to manage your own time and study when it suits you best
  • Our established practitioner and research-based academic staff have a reputation for undertaking world-leading projects; helping you get the very best out of your research project
  • Benefit from the support and expertise of research supervisors who will meet with you regularly to review your progress
  • Our research into dried blood spot analysis, helping the treatment of sick newborn babies, was recently shortlisted for the prestigious Times Higher Education Awards
  • Along with the development of the world’s first artificial pancreas; the aim of which is to improve treatment for those living with diabetes, our leading researchers have exhibited their work on ground-breaking Channel 4 documentaries, as well as overseas in America, at The National Science Museum in London, and to Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Edward during their visits to DMU
  • Other leading research projects include: developing a skin cancer detection tool, assessing the levels of toxins in rice and examining surgical site infections

You are encouraged to discuss your research ideas with potential supervisors before you start so that you have a clearly defined project at the enrolment stage.

Course modules

This is a research masters so there are no taught course modules. However, the university offers generic research training which includes courses on:

  • Intellectual Property Rights and Ethics
  • Planning and Managing Research
  • Preparing for your viva

There are also faculty-based research sessions including:

  • Literature Searching and Reference
  • Management, Health and Safety in laboratories (for those students who are laboratory-based) and;
  • Presentation of Research Data and Participation in Analytical Discussion

Teaching and assessment

Your research proposal will be discussed during your entry interview. If successful, you will be assigned two supervisors who you will meet with on a regular basis, at least twice per month if you’re a full-time student or once per month if you’re a part-time student.

You will submit a research thesis (maximum of 30,000 words) and have a viva conducted by an internal and external examiner.

Graduate careers

The course will help you to develop and enhance the skills and knowledge required to conduct research in an area of interest to you. If you’re thinking about doing a PhD, it will also provide you with the opportunity to explore whether you enjoy independent study.

Your research can be tailored to your chosen career path, and if you are in employment it may also act as an opportunity to gain a better understanding of a topic related to your workplace.


Visit the Master's by Research MA/MSc page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

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