What will I learn?

The Masters by Research (MRes) course is a flexible research training course designed to provide graduates with a foundation for a career in research, the public/private sector, healthcare or academia (i.e. PhD studies). The purpose is to offer high quality postgraduate training in methods and practice of research and relevant transferable skills that offer a unique learning experience to advance knowledge within your specialist area of:

Life Sciences

Sport and Exercise

Health

What's covered in the course?

Throughout the course you will develop a keen understanding of advanced research methods. This will take you on the journey from an initial research idea and proposal, to embedding research philosophy and contemporary methodologies and analysis within your work. This is geared towards producing a piece of research that could be pursued further at doctoral level, for a publication, or display the relevant skills to be competent within industry, healthcare or the public sector.

You will also be provided with the opportunity to specialise within a second area of research, through the contemporary design of our course. This offers a unique opportunity to be specialist in two niche areas upon graduation, thereby meeting the current demands for interdisciplinary research. There is also a focus on providing you with the skills to identify potential sources of funding, how to conduct enterprise activity, as well as project management and leadership. This provides flexibility for you to maximise the specialisms of your work, your career opportunities, and how to operate as a reflective, and evidence-based researcher following graduation.

Employability

This course has been designed with creativity and flexibility in mind, therefore allowing you to first learn then apply skills in self-management, leadership and initiative. As a result, this helps you to build the problem-solving skills and interpersonal skills to be an effective employee upon graduation. There are also many areas of reflective practice throughout the course, to ensure you become a lifelong learner and always possess a willingness to learn.

Placements

These are encouraged throughout the course in both short and long term forms. These commonly will entail working with an external partner or being a research assistant internally at BCU, or helping with teaching. The placements will be varied to allow flexibility.

Which department am I in?

School of Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£13,200.00 (13,62,878) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

20 September 2021

Venue

City South Campus, Edgbaston

Westbourne Road,

Birmingham,

B15 3TN, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to hold a Bachelor Degree with minimum GPA 2.7. Some postgraduate courses may require a subject specific undergraduate degree to qualify for entry. Some postgraduate courses also require a portfolio, others require a proposal of studies while some courses require both a portfolio and a proposal of studies. Students need to have an IELTS of 6.0 overall (with no band below 5.5).

For international students

An undergraduate honours degree (2:1) in a relevant discipline will be required. Candidates with suitable work experience and a lower classification (2:2) may also be considered. Both BA and BSc candidates will be considered. Applicants without a 2:1 or above with an equivalent qualification or a professional qualification will be considered on an individual basis. IELTS of 6.0 overall (with no band below 5.5) is required, TOEFL 80.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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