MA by Research (MAR)

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The MA by Research (MAR) programme is designed for students who wish to undertake a period of sustained independent research at Masters level.


This type of research study works through close one-to-one supervision, tailored specifically to the needs of the project and the student.

You'll research and write a thesis of approximately 30,000 words on a subject of your choice.


This postgraduate research degree can be completed in one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). The part-time route allows you to continue a career throughout your studies and to schedule supervision sessions to fit around your working life.

Find more information about fees for the MA by research

Entry requirements

You should hold a good honours degree (upper second class or first class) a related discipline, and hold, or expect to obtain, a Masters degree a related subject.

If English is not your first language, you will also need an English language qualification, for example IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all component. 

You can improve your academic English level to the standard needed to study a postgraduate research degree by taking one of the following pre-sessional courses: