34.   Programme Structure and Design 

34.1   Taught postgraduate programmes may sit wholly within a discipline, school or faculty, or may cross discipline, school or faculty boundaries. 

Master of Research (MRes)

34.2     The MRes is a taught postgraduate degree.  Its main aim is to provide a structured research training programme which can act as a foundation for doctoral study or for a research career outside academia.  It may also be used to provide an exit award from a doctoral programme which includes a taught component.

34.3     An MRes will comprise 180 credit points, and include a research component of between 60 and 120 credit points at level 7.

34.4     All MRes programmes will provide an exit award of a Postgraduate Certificate (with the attainment of 60 credit points).  If the structure of the taught component permits, MRes programmes will also provide an exit award of a Postgraduate Diploma (with the attainment of 120 credit points).

34.5     Successful completion of the taught component of an MRes is normally required for progression to the research component. The relevant Board of Examiners may permit a student to start the research component before the assessment of the taught component is complete.