Structured Masters by Research

Brief Description
The Sructured Masters by Research programme is designed to develop students' research skills through a high quality programme of supported and structured learning. Core taught modules will introduce the student to the postgraduate academic community and support the student in conducting high quality, ethical research.

The students will also select a number of research and specialist modules from across the university which meet their learning needs and interests. A personal academic supervisor will guide the student in selecting the most appropriate modules. An original research thesis must be completed as part of the programme.

Students can register on a full-time or part-time basis. The full-time option is completed in two years over six academic semesters. This programme provides the option for successful students to transfer to the structured PhD programme offered by the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences. Core module credits accumulated on the Structured Masters by Research Programme may be transferred to the structured PhD programme.

Subjects taught

Course Content
The taught core modules are 'Introduction to Post Graduate Research', 'Research Integrity' and 'Entering the academic community'. Students will take 6-12 credits worth of Research Methods modules and 6-12 credits worth of Specialist modules from the suite of existing faculty modules. Students will also complete a research project.

Exemptions for non-core taught modules may be awarded on review of application. Applicants who hold either a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma will be able to apply for exemptions for up to six ECT's of the specialist module credits. No Exemptions will be offered for the core credits or the research elective modules.

Sample Route for SMres in Physical Education & Sport Sciences

Core Module:

Year 1
Introduction to Postgraduate Research* 6
Research Integrity** 3

Research Methods:
Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology 6

Performance Psychology 6

Year 2

Core Module
Entering the Academic Community

Curriculum and Assessment in
Physical Education 6

Year 1-2 Research Project 150
*Offered in both spring and autumn semesters depending on point of entry
**Offered in summer semester as flexible option particularly for part-time candidates

Sample Route for SMres in Nursing & Midwifery

Year Autumn ECTs Spring ECTs Summer ECTs

Year 1

Core Module:

Introduction to Postgraduate Research* 6
Research Methods:
Health Research Methods & Methodology 12

Research Integrity**

Year 2

Core Module:
Entering the Academic Community 3

Perinatal Bereavement and Loss 9

Year 1-2
1-2 Research Project 150

*Offered in both spring and autumn semesters depending on point of entry
**Offered in summer semester as flexible option particularly for part-time candidates

Entry requirements

Entrance Requirements
Applicants will be expected to hold an honours primary bachelor's degree or equivalent (minimum 2.2). Candidates with an equivalent qualification and a period of appropriate professional experience may also be considered for this programme.

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 for Business, Arts, Humanities or Education programmes with no less than 6 in any one component.

Application dates

Application Procedure
Applicants in the first instance must discuss their application with their potential supervisor. Where a potential supervisor is not identified applicants will need to complete an Expression of Interest form and a Research Proposal. Postgraduate application forms can be obtained from or contact:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate and Professional Studies
Engineering Research Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287


2 years full-time or part-time.

Depending on the module, the academic work may include classes, seminars, summer schools, self-directed learning and/or E-learning, both on and off campus. This programme aims to offer flexibility to students with competing time demands.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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