Masters by Research (MAR)

Our Masters by Research degree allows you to undertake extended independent research at Masters level with expert guidance from staff in the IDEA Centre.

You'll carry out a research project on a topic of your choice, with guidance from two co-supervisors, and use your findings to produce a thesis of around 30,000 words.

The Masters by Research presents a great opportunity to explore an area of interest in greater depth, gaining advanced knowledge and skills that will prepare you for specialist career paths or further study.


A Masters by Research degree doesn't include any taught content. Instead, you'll work closely with your supervisors to agree the content and structure of your research project, as well as your process and schedule.

You'll be supported to make sure that your research will be a significant original contribution to your field, and that you can realistically complete it within the proposed timescale. You'll continue to receive expert guidance from your supervisors throughout your degree, and they can advise you on developing your project as your research progresses.


If you study full time, our Masters by Research degree takes one year to complete. You can also study part time over two years, allowing you to fit your degree around other committments.

Areas of supervision

As our student, you'll join a vibrant research community that is active in a wide range of specialisms and enthusiastic about interdisciplinary working.

You can explore our research to find out how we can support you in pursuing your interests.

Entry requirements

To apply for our Masters by Research degree you'll need a bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relavent subject. If English isn't your first language you'll also need an English language qualification such as IELTS or TOEFL.

We accept a range of alternative qualifications for both academic and English language qualifications. 

Contact us for more information.