Masters by Research Education

About the course

A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award.

You would undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. Your supervisory team provides guidance both in the selection of a research topic and in the conduct of the research. You are also supported by attendance at postgraduate research development  sessions to develop research skills relevant to your field of research.

The degree is assessed solely on the basis of the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis which must be "defended" in a viva. During the course of the degree, you would be given opportunities to present your work at major conferences and in refereed research publications.

Why choose this course?

By undertaking a Masters by Research at the University of Hertfordshire you will gain: 

  • An internationally recognised research qualification.
  • Advanced subject expertise at postgraduate level.
  • Research skills, through practice and extensive research experience.
  • The advanced skills and demonstrable independence through research for which employers are looking.

What will I study?

A Masters by Research is a not a taught course. Students are expected to initiate their learning and development through seeking out opportunities provided by the University. Your supervisors will assist and support you throughout your time with us.

The programme can be undertaken on a full or part time basis and we endeavour to provide a fully supportive research and learning environment with flexible supervision to enhance your experience and help you to make the most of your research learning time with us.

Your supervision team will have both subject expertise and doctoral supervision experience.

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