Royal Agricultural University

Royal Agricultural University

MSc by Research Programme

Develop your research skills as part of a team investigating key challenges facing the agriculture, land management or equine industries. In addition, you may also attend taught subject classes to update your knowledge and understanding on disciplines related to your study and to further your critical review skills. The programme is completed when you submit your thesis for assessment at the end of the year and defend your research in a viva voce examination. Part-time is available over two years for UK/EU students.

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirement will be an Honours degree at upper second level or an equivalent academic qualification from a comparable international institution.

Mature candidates with significant relevant work experience and lower academic qualifications may also be considered for entry, following personal interview with the Director of Research, Dr John Conway.

For students whose first language is not English, the University will accept the International English Language Test (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7.0 in all elements.

Course modules

Research students receive training in formulating research enquiries, critical reading, scientific writing, research methodology, statistics (e.g. Genstat, SPSS, NVivo), as well as lecturing skills. Researchers will contribute to internal seminars and present at conferences.

Assessment methods

The full-time Master of Science by Research programme is a one year research project submitted as a thesis and examined in a viva voce.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc (Res) Full-time £ 4,050 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time £ 12,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc (Res) Part-time £ 2,025 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Royal Agricultural University Cirencester GL7 6JS South West

Key information

Director of Research, Dr John Conway