The programme offers the opportunity to gain a qualification by following a structured course of scientific research. It represents an important route to postgraduate research and is closely linked with MPhil and PhD programmes of work currently running in the School.
Students can select from a wide range of theory courses appropriate to their individual research topic across the disciplines of the School. The programme comprises taught courses and a research project and is suitable for students who want to gain a postgraduate research qualification or strengthen their practical skills.
The research project may be partially assessed by the publication of an original paper rather than a traditional thesis. The programme is designed to provide a comprehensive insight into the mechanics of research from both the literature and experimental perspectives.
On successful completion of the programme, students will be able to critically assess the primary research literature in depth; appreciate the significance of the economic, environmental and social impact of research and development in a competitive industrial world; design and carry out experiments to test hypotheses; and compose and present scientific information for publication purposes.
The university has an extensive network of overseas contacts, with staff based in, or regularly visiting, some 40 to 50 countries. Overseas students are able to obtain an MSc by Research by attending classes for three to four months in the UK, with a project based and supervised in their own country.