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MA/MSc by Research

Course Description


Our MSc or MA by Research (MbR) is distinct from our taught masters programmes and involves planning, implementing and writing up a research project. You will be supervised by two members of academic staff and will be encouraged to submit your work for publication at the end of the course.

We have projects to which you can apply but you are also welcome to propose your own research project.

By undertaking an original piece of research you will develop a mixture of high-level subject-specific and generic skills.

These include:

• Project management (the ability to organise, plan and carry through to completion a complicated project).
• Technical expertise (project dependent but may also include good laboratory and fieldwork practice and advanced health and safety skills).
• High-level oral communication skills (especially on projects involving external partners and sponsors with whom you will liaise).
• Strong written communication skills (in writing up your research project you will become proficient at explaining complicated ideas in simple language).
• Data analysis skills (data handling, collation, and, where appropriate, statistical and graphical analysis).
• Self-motivation. Although you will be closely supervised, you will have to be strongly self-motivated to succeed.

The MbR is suitable for:

• Recent graduates who wish to follow up their first degree with more in-depth study of a particular field of interest, linked to further study such as a PhD or to a job in a particular sector (e.g. water company).
• Mid-career candidates who are currently employed, for instance in education, local government, or environmental consultancy, who want a continuing professional development opportunity that allows them to enhance their skills in areas relevant to their job.

Visit the MA/MSc by Research page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will need at least a UK 2.i honours degree or equivalent. English language requirements are also higher than for taught masters or PhD degrees. You will need to hold one of the following: TOEFL score (internet-based test) of at least 92 overall with at least 21 in listening and reading, 22 in writing and 23 in speaking, IELTS (Academic) score of at least 6.5, with at least 6.0 in all components, PTE (Academic) score of 64, with at least 60 in all components.

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