Bournemouth University

Conservation Ecology and Environmental Sciences

There are varied and exciting research opportunities in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, forensic sciences, and life & environmental sciences. A Master's by Research (MRes) allows you to explore a specific research question that interests you and by undertaking this degree within our Faculty of Science & Technology 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 facilties and information resources. Our unrivalled location, which has the greatest levels of biodiversity in Britain and includes the UNESCO Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Coast and the New Forest, will give you easy access to sand dunes, coastal cliffs, rivers, forests, meadows and heathlands for any necessary field research. You'll also have access to some of the best teaching and research laboratories in the UK. We have one of the most extensive collections of human and animal skeletal reference materials in the UK, including an exceptional range of human, hominin and modern primate teaching casts. Previous excavation trips have contributed to our archaeological collections of human and animal remains from sites spanning the Bronze Age to Post-Medieval periods.

Assessment methods

The MRes is focused on the development of generic research knowledge and critical analysis skills applied to independent research on an approved topic. Your research would normally involve a literature study, an experimental or hypothesis-testing phase, an evaluation phase and a writing-up phase. Your independent 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; an oral examination, normally including a 30 minute presentation and 60 minute viva voca examination. An MRes is also a good precursor to a PhD, allowing you to develop your research skills, enhance your ability to critically analyse information and solve complex problems. During your MRes you will: undertake research methods training to develop a comprehensive knowledge of the research methods used within the fields of archaeology, anthropology, forensic sciences, and life and environmental sciences; critically analyse information in the literature within your chosen field to identify information gaps, and develop and design a research project which addresses an issue within your chosen field; carry out your research project; produce a written critical analysis of the research data; present your research through a thesis and defend it by viva voce (oral) examination, to the satisfaction of examiners. 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.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Master of Research - MRes Part-time September 2017 GBP 13,500 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,200 per Whole course (Home/EU) 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time September 2017 GBP 4,200 per Whole course (Home/EU) 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time September 2017 GBP 13,500 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time September 2017 GBP 4,200 per Whole course (Home/EU) 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time September 2017 GBP 13,500 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time September 2017 GBP 13,500 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,200 per Whole course (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Lansdowne Campus BH1 3JJ South West
Talbot Campus BH12 5BB South West

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