Masters by Research Education
School of study
School of Social Science, Humanities and Education
- Full Time, 1 year
- Part Time, 2 years
An honours degree (normally at least 2:1 or above) in an appropriate discipline.
IELTS entry requirement is normally 6.5, TOEFL 550 (213 CBT) or equivalent for overseas students.
How to apply
To apply for a Masters by Research at the University of Hertfordshire you should have a specific developed area of focus. It is recommended that you have an established track record / experience in your desired area to support your application. The quality of your research proposal, your suitability for pursuing higher research and our capacity to supervise the chosen topic are the principal criteria for admission.
Before you apply please contact our Research Tutor, Dr Liz White to discuss your research proposal. You will need to submit a written research proposal and personal statement to the Doctoral College but informal discussion before formal application is strongly encouraged.
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.
Before making your formal application, we recommend that you discuss your proposed research with the School of Social Science, Humanities and Education Research Tutor Dr. Jed Hopkins, to establish that we are able to supervise research in the area you propose.
A Masters by Research is a not a taught course. Students are expected to work with a degree of independence and, in addition to support from a supervisory team, identify initiate their learning and development opportunities such as those provided by over 100 sessions of the University Researcher Development Programme. 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.
Dr Jed Hopkins
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What’s next for my career?
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.
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