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MRes – Faculty of Health & Social Sciences

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    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

The MRes programme allows you to undertake a research project at Master’s level which would be assessed via submission of a thesis and a viva voce.

Tailor your studies to your specific interests or career aspirations such as; healthcare, midwifery, nursing, leadership or dementia. Other areas include radiography and medical imaging, nutrition, exercise, the social sciences, humanisation or social work.

You can set out to find the answer to a particular research question and will have the chance to delve more deeply into a subject area that you are passionate about.

Your research project will be developed in collaboration with our academic University staff who will provide you with specialist knowledge and supervisory input, while accessing BU’s technical and information resources.

You will also be part of BU’s wider postgraduate community and have access to the suite of research, professional and personal training offered through the Doctoral College and your academic faculty. 

We strongly encourage collaboration across specialisms, and an MRes provides an opportunity to work with supervisors from various backgrounds to deliver truly impactful research.

The minimum completion time for the full-time course is 12 months with flexibility to take up to 18 months. If you would prefer to complete the course part-time, the minimum completion time is 24 months with flexibility to take up to 36 months to complete.

Book onto a Postgraduate Open Day to meet us and find out more. 

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Key information

Next start date:

January 2021, September 2021

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot & Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

12-18 months full-time or 24-36 months part-time

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 or equivalent. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our international entry requirements

Course details

The MRes is focused on the development of generic research knowledge and critical analysis skills applied to independant research on an approved topic. You research would normally involve a literature study, an experimental or hypothesis-testing phase, an evalutation phase and a writing-up phase.

Your independant research would be written up as a thesis, which is expected to be between 15,000 and 30,000 words (depending on the discipline). 

The subject areas you can apply to study for your MRes with the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences are listed in the section below. 

Research study areas

We are involved in world-leading research projects and work to ensure that our research involves patients, practitioners and research users, so that we are responding to issues at the forefront of health and social care practice, as well as current topics in social science. Our research transforms lives and influences policy and professional practice at a local, national and international level.

Key subject areas you can apply to study for your MRes with the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences are listed in this section. Our research themes run across all areas and some, such as leadership and humanisation are cross-faculty across the University. 

The Faculty of Health & Social Science's world of research

Entry requirements

How to apply

You can apply for a MRes with the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences by clicking on the green 'apply now' button at the top of this page and completing the application form. You will need to create an account and complete the application form in full - including a personal statement and research proposal. You do not need to write a thesis as part of your application. 

You can save the form as you go, enabling you to return to it at as many times as you want before submitting. The form is split into tabbed sections. As you complete each of the tabbed sections they will turn green; only click submit once all of your tabs are highlighted green. 

Please be aware that CVs and academic profiles will not be considered unless they are accompanied by a completed application form.

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Fees and funding

As part of your application, you will need to specify how you plan to fund your studies.

The Doctoral College can provide advice on different opportunities to access funding. BU also offers a number of fee discounts

Careers

What our researchers say

Clare Farrance

My experiences as a community physiotherapist inspired me to pursue my research into improving physical activity in older people.

What our researchers say

Emma Mosley

The Graduate School helped me secure funding to pay for expert training related to my research.