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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of South Wales

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    26-SEP-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

A Masters by Research degree allows you to carry out an independent supervised research project on an approved topic of your choice. At the end of your studies you will submit a thesis of up to 40,000 words. As with all research degrees examination is a two-part process: examination of the thesis followed by a viva examination.

Postgraduate researchers are assigned a supervisory team who have the expertise and experience to support them in their studies. Supervisors will help you to shape your research project, give feedback on work in progress and guide you to completion.

Who does it suit

For those coming to the end of their undergraduate studies, a Masters by Research can be an attractive alternative to a taught masters. If you have enjoyed researching your dissertation, you may want to take it further or perhaps take a year to develop additional skills before joining the job market.

For professionals, a Masters by Research allows you to develop a research outlook to explore and address projects, and bring about change in your professional practice or within your organisation.

Undertake a piece of research on a topic that interests you; Develop undergraduate dissertations; Use it to develop the skills and confidence to progress to a PhD; Develop research skills and outlook which you can take throughout your career; Learn how to use research to find solutions, fill gaps in knowledge and explore new products or ways of working.

Why do a Masters by Research

Gain specialist knowledge and research skills; To enhance and progress a professional career, especially if the research is an integral part of your daily work; Masters by Research is excellent preparation for PhD study; It's flexible - there are no fixed lectures to attend; Research can be worked around personal or work commitments; Distance route allows you to work in a location that best suits your requirements; Study on either a part-time or full-time basis.

Tuition fees

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£ 15,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of South Wales

  • University League Table

    92nd

  • Campus address

    University of South Wales, Llantwit Road, Treforest, Pontypridd, Rhondda, Cynon, Taff, CF37 1DL, Wales

USW has campuses in and around Cardiff, a multicultural student city. Expect competitive tuition fees, generous scholarships and affordable living costs.
USW’s focus is on employability – choose from 500+ courses, some with guaranteed work placements and many leading to professional certification.
Students from more than 120 countries study at USW. Enjoy a warm welcome as well as help and guidance from a dedicated International Student Support team.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    88th out of 105 29

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    126 59%

    37th

    35
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    50.0 50%

    52nd

    20
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.57 71%

    85th

    54

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