Master's by Research MA/MSc

About the course

The Master's by Research course offers the opportunity to pursue an independent research project supported by expert supervision. It will appeal to graduates as well as those in professional practice and will provide students with an opportunity to research an area of interest in some detail.

Candidates are encouraged to discuss their research ideas with potential supervisors before they start so that they have a clearly-defined project at the stage of enrolment.

  • Our established practitioner and research-based academic staff have a reputation for undertaking world-leading projects
  • Our research into dried blood spot analysis, helping the treatment of sick newborn babies, was recently shortlisted for the prestigious Times Higher Education Awards
  • With the development of the world’s first artificial pancreas, with an aim to improve treatment for those living with diabetes, our leading researchers have exhibited their work on ground-breaking Channel 4 documentaries, as well as overseas in America, at The National Science Museum in London, and to Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Edward during their visits to DMU
  • Other leading research projects within the Faculty include; developing a skin cancer detection tool, assessing the levels of toxins in rice, and examining surgical site infections, to name a few
  • Undertake a research project in a specific area of interest, linking your study directly to your current or future career interests
  • Obtain a taste of what PhD study might entail, and develop an understanding and appreciation of research study
  • Benefit from the support and expertise of two research supervisors who will meet with you regularly to review your progress
  • Have the flexibility of managing your own time, and study at times that suit you best

Key facts

Duration: 12 - 15 months full-time, 24 - 30 months part-time

Attendance: As negotiated with supervisors

Start date: September 2014

Entry and admission criteria

  • Normally a minimum of a 2:1 or first class Honours degree (or equivalent)
  • Relevant experience may be needed for some projects
  • You will be required to prepare a research proposal, approximately three pages long that sets out your research aims context and intended methods. You will then be interviewed by two members of staff and, if successful in your application, be assigned two supervisors

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent is essential. Free English language tuition delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning is available both before and during the course. To find out more, please visit|

Teaching and assessment

Candidates’ research proposals will be discussed during their entry interview. Each student will be assigned two supervisors whom they will meet with on a regular basis, at least twice per month for full-time students and once per month for part-time students.  

Students submit a research thesis (max 30,000 ) and have a viva conducted by an internal and external examiner.

Course modules

This is a research masters so there are no taught course modules. However, the university offers generic research training which includes courses on:

  • Intellectual Property Rights and Ethics
  • Planning and Managing Research
  • Preparing for your viva

There are also Faculty-based research sessions including;

  • Literature Searching and Reference
  • Management, Health and Safety in laboratories (for those students who are laboratory-based) and;
  • Presentation of Research Data and Participation in Analytical Discussion

Academic expertise

We benefit from a wide range of expertise in a number of specialist areas in order to help guide and support you in your research project.

Most of our academic staff are actively involved in research or consultancy activity and there are also more than 150 dedicated postgraduate researchers. The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise identified 'world-leading' research within each of the faculty's four schools of study.

Graduate careers

The course will help to develop and enhance the skills and knowledge required to conduct research in an area of interest to you.

It will provide an opportunity for those who are thinking about doing a PhD to explore whether they enjoy independent study.

The research can be tailored to your chosen career path and if you are in employment it may act as an opportunity to gain a better understanding of a topic related to your work place.

Fees and funding

Fees below are for 2013 / 2014 TBC

UK/EU Students
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As part of the universities commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2013/14.
Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships >|

How to apply

For more information about applying please visit the Graduate School
|where you will find additional resources to help you make the right decision.

Contact details

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Admissions Team
De Montfort University
Edith Murphy Building
Leicester, LE1 9BH

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T: +44 (0)116 250 6070

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