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Summary

Study MRes in Life and Health Sciences at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The Master of Research Programme (MRes) offered by the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences provides a one year foundation to research suitable for those who wish to proceed to enrol for a PhD programme, but at the same time allows those who decide not
to proceed to obtain a qualification recognised in its own right.

The overall educational aim of the MRes programme is to provide graduate students with knowledge and understanding of research methods, training in appropriate technical skills and scholarship skills, such as critical thinking and the capacity to write in the style of their discipline, along with advanced study in areas of their discipline.

The function of this programme is to provide students with a range of research-related skills and the capacity to proceed to PhD programmes. Undergraduate programmes do not necessarily provide enough of these skills, and there is a national and an international trend towards requiring completion of a Masters degree prior to entry to PhD programmes.

About this course

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About

The Master of Research Programme (MRes) offered by the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences provides a one year foundation to research suitable for those who wish to proceed to enrol for a PhD programme, but at the same time allows those who decide not
to proceed to obtain a qualification recognised in its own right.

The overall educational aim of the MRes programme is to provide graduate students with knowledge and understanding of research methods, training in appropriate technical skills and scholarship skills, such as critical thinking and the capacity to write in the style of their discipline, along with advanced study in areas of their discipline.

The function of this programme is to provide students with a range of research-related skills and the capacity to proceed to PhD programmes. Undergraduate programmes do not necessarily provide enough of these skills, and there is a national and an international trend towards requiring completion of a Masters degree prior to entry to PhD programmes.

The overall structure consists of five related elements. These are:

Advanced study in discipline:
30 credit points (through one or two modules) are completed that are appropriate to the discipline and planned research project topic. These are normally selected from MSc modules taught on the campus where the student and planned project are located.


Advanced research methods:
30 credit points (through one or two modules) are completed that are appropriate to the discipline and planned research project methodology. These are normally selected from MSc modules taught on the campus where the student and planned project are
located.


Scholarship skills:
This is a 30-credit module taken by blended learning, usually in Semester 2. It covers critical thinking skills and scholarly writing skills and is focussed on materials from the student’s discipline area.


Research project preparation:
30 credit points. The student is in contact with the project supervisory team throughout the year. Usually in Semester 2, directed training to develop specific skills for the conduct of the research project is undertaken and assessed.


Completion of research project and dissertation:
Work on the project may begin in Semester 2 (or even earlier) but is completed and assessed through dissertation submission in Semester 3, the summer period. Projects undertaken are typically in similar areas to those being undertaken by PhD students in the research group to which the supervisors are attached, but they are of a scope and level
appropriate for the MRes.

The programme is administered by the Research Graduate School. A leader is appointed from the relevant research institute for each named pathway. For each student, the pathway leader ensures that the assessment load is appropriately distributed across the three semesters.

How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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Entry Requirements

You will need to hold a First of Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) in an area relevant to your chosen project to be able to apply.

If you have obtained an undergraduate degree from a non-UK institution, we can advise you on how it compares to the UK system.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants

The minimum requirement for research degree programmes is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. This is the only acceptable certificate for those requiring to obtain a Tier 4 visa.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Apply

Ulster University welcomes applications from all sections of the community and from persons with disabilities. It is University policy to assess all applications using academic criteria and on the basis of equality of opportunity and you should be assured that reasonable adjustments will be made should you require them.

Once you have selected your chosen project from the lists available on the Faculty pages, you are advised to make contact with the named supervisor on the project as they will be able to guide you in writing your research proposal.

You should then apply using our online application system: ulster.ac.uk/applyonline

How to apply

Fees and funding

A number of funded scholarships are available across the University each year for PhD and MRes projects. Applications for studentships will be considered on a competitive basis with regard to the candidate's qualifications, skills, experience and interests.

Sources of funding

Fees (per annum)

Full Time:

Home and EU £4121

Overseas £13400

Part Time:

Home and EU £1455

Home and EU (with External Sponsor paying fees) £2070

Overseas £7635

Contact

Contact: Professor David Hassan,
Head of Research Graduate School
Tel: +44 (0)28 9036 6666
Email: d.hassan@ulster.ac.uk