Principles on MSc (Research) and MRes programme proposals

At its 18 June 2008 meeting, the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee (TLAC) discussed MSc (Research) and MRes programmes, in respect of academic standards equivalency with other Master's level programmes in the School.

The following principles were agreed by TLAC:

MSc (Research) programmes:

That in order for the academic standards of these programmes to be considered equivalent with other Masters (in respect of programme structure) they should consist of:

  1. four course units;
  2. a compulsory dissertation element; and
  3. at least one unit of methods training.

Where such programmes led to direct entry onto MRes/MPhil/PhD programmes, TLAC agreed that:

  1. successful completion of the MSc (Research) should not lead to automatic entry onto an MRes/MPhil/PhD programme; and
  2. successful completion of the MSc (Research) was not to be taken as equivalent to the PhD upgrade process.

Clear information should be provided by departments to students regarding progression to a research level degree.

MRes programmes:

That in order for these programmes to be of an equivalent academic standard:

  1. they should consist of a minimum of four course units.

Where proposals deviated from such norms, strong justifications - taking note of academic standards - should be made by the proposing department for the Graduate Studies Sub-Committee's consideration.

An MRes programme is an integral phase of a PhD programme. An MRes//PhD is jointly offered and the MRes or PhD components are not available as separate or standalone programmes.

An MRes is a taught master's programme. New MRes programmes or programme amendments are considered for approval by the Graduate Studies Sub-Committee (GSSC). Information relating to progression from the MRes to PhD is considered for approval by the Research Degrees Sub-Committee (RDSC). 

Reviewed October 2016