A Master's by Research (MSc) allows you to undertake a one year (full-time) research degree. It contains little or no formal taught component. This type of study gives you the chance to explore a research topic over a shorter time than a more in-depth doctoral programme.
Research Master's students choose a specific project to work on and have a greater degree of independence in their work than is the case with a taught Master’s course.
You’ll be expected to work to an approved programme which you will develop in conjunction with your supervisor within the first few months of starting your studies. Whilst undertaking the research project you will also have the opportunity to develop your research skills by taking part in training courses and events.
At the end of the project you write up your findings in the form of a short thesis of around 25,000 words, which will then be examined.
On successful completion, you will be awarded your degree and if you have enjoyed this taste of research you may then decide to apply for the full research doctoral degree (PhD).
This exciting new course is aimed at health professionals who are currently engaged in applied health research or wish to pursue a career where research is a core component.
It provides you with the opportunity to develop a systematic, in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the nature, purposes, methods and application of research relevant to health services at an individual and/or organisational level.
Through the provision of research training the course aims to enhance the quality and evidence-base of your clinical research, practice and service development. You will be taught in a stimulating, challenging and supportive learning environment that draws on outstanding resources, research and practice expertise.
The course allows you to foster links between research and practice by providing a framework for integrating relevant research, theory and knowledge. This may underpin your professional career aspirations, including further study at Doctoral level.