MRes Master of Research

The MRes, which meets ESRC guidelines, combines broadly-based and subject specific training in research methodologies and transferable research skills. Designed for those seeking to enhance their research knowledge and skills, it is delivered by experienced researchers from across the University.

This format enables cross-disciplinary discussions of research issues and skills whilst encouraging immersion in the University research culture and community. Applied research skills are enhanced through the interactive delivery of the syllabus and access to further research methods training and workshops.

The MRes is designed for those seeking to progress to doctoral level research and also professionals seeking to enhance their research skills and expertise. Graduates can access research and policy work within academia, the public, private and third sectors. A truly flexible programme - you can complete the course in one year through full-time study or over two years of part-time study enabling you to combine work and study.

The Master of Research (MRes) programme consists of 8 modules and a research project. Students can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Research if they do not wish to undertake the project.

Our MRes can be studied independently or as part of a 1 3 structure leading to the award of PhD. Students wishing to undertake a combined 1 3 PhD should apply to the PhD programme.

  • Nature of Research Enquiry
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
  • Applied Skills in Qualitative Research Methods
  • Critical Review of Research
  • Research Design and Project Management
  • Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Independent and Negotiated Study
  • Masters Research Project

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2020/21


Mode of study


Start date



Full Time
1 Year
1 Oct 2020
GCU Glasgow
Part Time
2 Years
Oct 2020
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MRes Full Time 1 Year 1 Oct 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MRes Part Time 2 Years Oct 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Bachelor degree with 2.2 Hons or above in any subject

English language requirements

Academic IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.0

International Pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

Additional Information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

Join GCU in September 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming you to what will be a great new academic year at GCU and we hope you choose this as your study destination. Your experience as an applicant and new student remains our priority. We will be doing everything we can to make sure you enjoy learning through our blended approach of online and face-to-face teaching and to give you as many opportunities to create new friendships and experience everything the GCU community has to offer you!

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff will continue to be our highest priority as rules around social distancing are eased. For more information on the things what you can expect from your first term at GCU, visit our Frequently Asked Questions pages or make an enquiry today.

  • By meeting the ESRC guidelines, the MRes offers opportunities both for those wishing to move onto postgraduate research and also into professional research and policy work outside academia.
  • Innovative learning and teaching that focuses on development and enhancement of research and employability skills necessary for the real world and graduate employability.
  • The focus on applied research skills can enhance employability skills for careers within the public, private and third sectors including research and policy work.
  • Comprehensive programme of research methods and skills training balancing theoretical engagement and practical application.
  • Flexible study: full-time and part-time entry available allowing you to combine work and study.
  • Timetabled delivery is between 2-6pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays over 9 weeks per trimester complimented by independent study.
  • Opportunities to participate in research training and development workshops beyond the timetabled classes.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

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Additional costs

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