Bournemouth University

Health and Social Sciences

Tailor your studies to your specific interests or career aspirations such as; healthcare, midwifery, nursing, leadership or dementia. Other areas inlcude nutrition, exercise, the social sciences, humanisation or social work. The MRes programme allows you to undertake a research project at Master's level which would be assessed via submission of a thesis and a viva voce. You can set out to find the answer to a particular research question and will have the chance to delve more deeply into a subject area that you are passionate about. Your research project will be developed in collaboration with our academic University staff who will provide you with specialist knowledge and supervisory input, while accessing BU's technical and infromation resources.

Entry requirements

We would normally expect you to have an Honours degree at Upper Second Class (2:1). Some supervisors may ask you for additional entry requirements such as relevant work experience, evidence of written work, or previous study of a particular subject. If English is not an applicant's 1st language they will need IELTS 6.5 (academic) or above with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

Course modules

There is no formally assessed taught component in an MRes, but you will be expected to engage with the Postgraduate Researcher Development Framework, which includes research methodology training. You'll develop your research project in conjunction with experienced academics in your field of interest, who will then provide supervisory support and can introduce their specialist knowledge.

Assessment methods

Your independant research would be written up as a thesis, which is expected to be between 15,000 and 30,000 words (depending on the discipline). Assessment of your thesis will consist of a presentation of the thesis and an oral examination, normally including a 30 minute presentation and 60 minute viva voca examiniation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc (Res) Full-time January 2017 - 1 years
MSc (Res) Part-time January 2017 - 2 years
MSc (Res) Part-time April 2017 - 2 years

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