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Masters by Research

The Masters by Research (MRes) is an advanced postgraduate degree which can either be taken as a stand-alone qualification or as progression route into doctoral research.

The University of Worcester currently offers a number of MRes Programmes:

Institute of Education

Education MRes 

Institute of Health and Society

Clinical Education MRes 

Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts

Design MRes 

English MRes

Film MRes

Fine Art MRes 

History MRes

Media and Culture MRes

Sociology MRes

Theatre and Performance MRes

Institute of Science and the Environment

Archaeology MRes

Biology MRes 

Ecology and Environmental Management MRes 

River Science MRes 

Institute of Sport and Exercise Science

Socio-cultural Studies of Sport and Exercise MRes 


The MRes differs from a taught MA or MSc course by placing particular emphasis on a large research thesis and fewer taught modules.

All of our MRes programmes comprise a Taught Programme and a thesis.

The Taught Programme includes 60 credits of taught modules, which provide structured and progressive research training relevant to the subject area and  elements designed to broaden  knowledge and experience by equipping students with a range of transferable skills.

The MRes has a substantial research component, assessed by means of a significant piece of writing in the form of a Thesis and an oral examination (the viva). This enables the student to demonstrate initiative and creativity in formulating and carrying out a research project. In order to progress from the taught element of the programme to the Thesis stage the student must pass all three taught modules.

During the taught programme the student will prepare their research proposal for the Thesis. This proposal will form the assessment for a module.