MA by Research (MAR)

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An MA by Research (MAR) in the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science allows you to take independent research at Masters level. For many, this is perfect springboard for a PhD.


You will research and write a thesis of approximately 30,000 words on a subject of your choice. With close one-to-one supervision, you’ll be supported to deliver a project that meets your needs.


You can complete this postgraduate research degree in one year (full-time) or two years (part-time).

Studying part-time allows you to continue your career alongside your studies and to schedule supervision sessions to fit around your working life.

Scholarship and fees

You may be eligible to apply for a range of scholarships.

Fees for research degrees are set independently and reviewed on annual basis.

Entry requirements

You should hold a good honours degree (upper second class or first class) in 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 components. 

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: