Discover the world of research with an MRes at the University of Portsmouth - Full-time, Part-time or Distance Learning

University of Portsmouth

Discover the world of research with an MRes at the University of Portsmouth.

Portsmouth is for people who want to go further. Whether you are looking to stand out from the crowd or you want to pursue a career in academia, be part of the future of research with us.

MRes subject areas available at Portsmouth:

MRes Humanities and Social Sciences
MRes Technology
MRes Science
MRes Creative Industries

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Why choose an MRes at Portsmouth?

Our MRes courses are an excellent opportunity to join an active research community. Tailored around your specific research interests, the MRes will offer you the opportunity to work alongside world-leading experts to meet your academic or professional needs and ultimately develop your research career.

‘’I wished to pursue a career in research, but was apprehensive about going straight into a PhD degree, and wanted to test the waters working on a project significantly larger than my undergraduate project’’.
Alexander Ali
MRes Technology

Through a range of subject streams, our MRes courses offer the opportunity for in-depth study of a specific area of interest. The course will enable you to demonstrate excellence in appropriate research planning and skills, as well as provide you with an extended experience of research and the research process.


• The benefits of studying an MRes include:
• Excellent preparation for doctoral study
• Extended and informed experience of research in a specific domain of expertise
• Developing higher transferable skills for research-related careers

Course delivery

You can study all of our MRes courses full-time and part-time on campus. Our MRes Humanities and Social Sciences and MRes Technology are also available via distance learning (DL). All courses are supported by excellent online materials and offer you even more flexibility. The DL route also allows you to gain a university qualification without taking a career break and provides an opportunity to gain professional recognition.

What will I experience?

‘’The MRes gives you the freedom to research the topic of your choosing.’’
Luke Mawby
MRes Technology

Your project will be supported through formal research training sessions via our Graduate School’s comprehensive researcher development programme. There is also opportunity to work with a research active member of staff through a Research Internal Placement unit.

As a campus based student you will access advanced and subject-specific training within your faculty and participate in departmental and faculty events including research seminars and conferences.

As a Distance Learning student you will have access to a range of online research training packages specifically designed to meet the needs of MRes students. This offers a flexible approach to learning and can be studied at your own pace.

General funding sources

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