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Master's by Research MA/MSc

Course Description

This course offers the opportunity to pursue an independent research project supported by expert supervision. It will appeal to graduates as well as those in professional practice and will provide students with an opportunity to research an area of interest in some detail. Candidates are encouraged to discuss their research ideas with potential supervisors before they start so that they have a clearly-defined project at the stage of enrolment.
- It provides you with the opportunity to pursue a research project in a specific area of interest and you can link your study directly to your current or future career
- It offers a taste for what PhD study might entail, and gives you the opportunity to get an understanding and appreciation of research study
- You will benefit from the support and expertise of two research supervisors who will meet with you regularly to review your progress
- You will have the flexibility of managing your own time, and study at times that suit you best

Course Modules
This is a research masters so there are no taught course modules. However, the university offers a generic research training programme which includes courses on Intellectual Property Rights and Ethics, Planning and Managing Research and 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 lab-based) and Presentation of Research Data and Participation in Analytical Discussion.

Teaching and Assessment
Candidates’ research proposals will be discussed during their entry interview. Each student will be assigned two supervisors whom they will meet with on a regular basis, at least twice per month for full-time students and once per month for part-time students.

Students submit a research thesis (max 20,000 for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and 30,000 words for other subjects) and have a viva conducted by an internal and external examiner.

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

Entry Requirements

•Normally a minimum of a 2.1 or first class honours degree (or equivalent) •Relevant experience may be needed for some projects •If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent is essential. Free English language tuition delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning is available before and during the course. You will be required to prepare a research proposal, approximately three pages long that sets out your research aims context and intended methods. You will then be interviewed by two members of staff and, if successful, be assigned two supervisors.

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