This type of degree involves learning through research, and are viewed as valuable preparation for individuals who wish to obtain a PhD afterwards, as most funding bodies who award money to PhD students prefer their students who have completed research programmes. Students who undertake a research master’s degree will receive less tutor support and be required to spend more time working independently. Students will spend a lot of their time collecting and analysing data and hoping to have their work accepted for publication in a research journal. Assessments on research programmes will be through a professional judgment on the research work completed as well as an oral exam. At the end of the course, students can obtain a Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Master of Research (MRes), Master of Arts (MA by Research), or Master of Science (MSc by Research). This is dependent on the subject a student chooses.
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