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Overview
Summary
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
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.

Entry requirements

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.

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.

Duration

The MRes is a great introduction to research study and is a one-year programme for those interested in going on to a career in research or even as preparation for a PhD.

Further enquiries

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

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2018.

How to apply online
All applications are made online - competition for funded entry is high and applicants are advised to discuss their application prior to submission with relevant staff.

In order to be considered, your application must be completed in full, including: 

- all information on existing qualifications and transcripts
- funding details or requirements
- evidence of English language proficiency
- names and addresses of referee

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