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HighWire (Doctoral Programme)

MRes (Full Time)

UCAS Code: 
Minimum Length:12 Month(s)
Maximum Length:12 Month(s)
Credit Points:180
Director of Studies:Professor GS Blair

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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The integral MRes qualification provide the necessary underlying skills in terms of research, innovation and core transferable skills (being able to articulate, reflect and to be user facing). In more detail, the MRes will develop the necessary skills to define and manage a collaborative, cross-disciplinary and user focused research project. This will equip them for more sustained, individual and original work at the doctoral level.


The intended learning outcomes for the MRes students are that they should develop:


An ability to initiate research projects and to formulate viable research questions in consultation with other stakeholders including end user organisations;
A capacity to design, conduct and report collaborative and original research on a user-focused project;
An understanding of the major contours of international research in the research area (including crossing disciplinary boundaries);
A capacity for critical evaluation of relevant scholarly literature;
Well-developed and flexible problem-solving abilities appropriate to the associated disciplines;
An understanding of and facility with scholarly conventions in the associated discipline areas;
A respect for intellectual integrity and the ethics of research and scholarship;
A capacity to cooperate with other researchers;
An ability to manage time in order to maximise the quality of research;
An ability to manage information effectively, including the application of computer systems and software where appropriate to the student’s field of study;
In addition, students should attain the general skills as outlined below related to being articulate, reflective and user-focused.
General Educational: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

The programme has a strong emphasis on transferable skills and has the following specific intended learning outcomes in this area:


The articulate innovator – to be able to present work both in written form and verbally to a variety of audiences to the highest standard, to be able to discuss work in collaborative settings and to be able to engage in academic discourse;
The reflective innovator – to have  a deep understanding of research methodology including qualitative and quantitative techniques from the different traditions involved and to be able to reflect over such techniques and adopt and adapt techniques for their own particular problem domains;
The user-focused innovator – to be prepared for working with end user organisations including business, societal and government end users and to have knowledge of the issues and expectations associated with such interactions;
Media-focused innovator – to be able to present research in a way that is engaging to the general public and to be familiar with techniques to do this through a variety of media (radio, TV, newspapers, etc);
Organisational leadership – to develop the capacity, skills and knowledge of students to be able to lead innovation, to be agents of change in end user organisations and settings, and to understand the processes of entrepreneurship and enterprise development;
Career support – to have the necessary skills in terms of career planning, developing CVs, and interviewing to maximise opportunities for future careers.

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