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  • Qualification

    MRes - Master of Research

  • Location

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2.5 years

Course summary

In this flexible course that can be taken online, you’ll develop professional-standard research skills in the subject of your choice. An MRes can give you a competitive edge in the researcher job market, and is also a valuable stepping stone towards a PhD. You can study for a post-nominal award where the specific subject of your degree is named in its title.

If you are thinking about a career in academic or professional research, our MRes is an internationally recognised research qualification that you can complete flexibly and without the commitment of a full PhD. This course is also ideal if you want to expand your research knowledge as part of your continuing professional development (CPD).

Why QMU?

  • Gain advanced research skills, develop your own research project and earn an internationally recognised research qualification.
  • Our MRes students have successfully applied their enhanced research skills in a variety of fields, including academia, business and government. You could also use the MRes as a step towards your PhD.
  • Develop your research passions into a fruitful career with the guidance and support of our expert staff.
  • You can tailor your MRes studies to your particular research interests and to your personal situation. You can study in any subject that we teach and attend online or on campus.

Course overview

First-class researchers are much sought after in academia and by commercial and third sector organisations who want to gain an edge in their marketplace. But this can be a hard field to break into. On this course, you will develop advanced research skills that are transferrable to almost any field. You will also learn how to apply your research techniques to real-world problems to make you more valuable to prospective employers.

The MRes is flexible in terms of attendance and you can fit your visits to campus around your current work commitments. However you structure your work, you will enjoy close support throughout your studies from our academic team, and will be mentored by a specific supervisor who is expert in your area.

Links with industry/ professional bodies

Depending on your research topic, our team will be able to facilitate engagement with industry/ stakeholder groups/professional bodies as necessary.


The MRes may be the first stage in your academic career. The skills that you will gain are a sound basis to pursue doctoral studies for a PhD award or a career in undertaking research activities in other organisations, relevant to service users, industry or society.

This award may also give you an edge in the competitive job market for professional researchers. Companies, charities and governments are always looking for researchers who can produce work that solves problems and gets measureable results.

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University information

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Queen Margaret University Drive, Musselburgh, Edinburgh, EH21 6UU, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    31st out of 105 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    139 72%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.92 78%



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