A Master's by Research (either MSc or MA depending on your subject area) allows you to undertake a one-year research degree full-time or two years part-time and contains little or no formal taught component. Such programmes are attractive to those wanting a briefer research degree than a PhD.
Research Master's degrees are also ideal if you are in industrial or commercial employment and wish to undertake research and development on a part-time basis to solve problems or develop enhancements for work purposes. In such cases it is possible to construct a Master's by Research project. Here you work closely with one or more members of University staff who provide the specialist knowledge and supervisory input, whilst enabling you to access the vast equipment and information resources of the University. The Master's by Research is assessed entirely by either thesis or portfolio. The portfolio option can include publication and creative or non-textual research outputs.
Should you wish to take your research further following successful completion of your Master's by Research, you can opt for a PhD in two years (full-time) or equivalent on a part-time basis. We have many flexible and workplace-based opportunities - just ask for further information.
The Master's in Enterprise (MEnt) is a new research degree offered by the University. Based on the Master's by Research programme with taught components, it offers you the opportunity to explore an idea for a business or social enterprise, or for entrepreneurial activity within an institution. Taught modules will provide you with the core and subject-specific enterprise knowledge and skills you'll need to put together an enterprise strategy, business or implementation plan to take your idea forward.