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Masters by Research in Health Sciences - MRes *

  • Level: Postgraduate Research
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Study mode: Full Time, Part Time
  • Location: City South

The Masters by Research (MRes) course is a flexible research training course designed to provide graduates with a foundation for a career in research, the public/private sector, healthcare or academia (i.e. PhD studies). The purpose is to offer high quality postgraduate training in methods and practice of research and relevant transferable skills that offer a unique learning experience to advance knowledge within your specialist area of either Life Sciences, Sport and Exercise or Health.

What's covered in the course?

Throughout the course you will develop a keen understanding of advanced research methods. This will take you on the journey from an initial research idea and proposal, to embedding research philosophy and contemporary methodologies and analysis within your work. This is geared towards producing a piece of research that could be pursued further at doctoral level, for a publication, or display the relevant skills to be competent within industry, healthcare or the public sector.

You will also be provided with the opportunity to specialise within a second area of research, through the contemporary design of our course. This offers a unique opportunity to be specialist in two niche areas upon graduation, thereby meeting the current demands for interdisciplinary research. There is also a focus on providing you with the skills to identify potential sources of funding, how to conduct enterprise activity, as well as project management and leadership. This provides flexibility for you to maximise the specialisms of your work, your career opportunities, and how to operate as a reflective, and evidence-based researcher following graduation.

Given that careers in research are growing, including those in industry, this MRes will also prepare you to be able to disseminate complex research to a wide variety of audiences. In addition, you will gain an understanding of how this can be delivered through technology enhanced learning. This aims to try to bridge the gap between researchers and society when trying to ensure evidence-based research-informed practice occurs. In turn, this will allow you to maximise the impact of research dissemination, whilst also ensuring you foster contemporary approaches to scholarship.

To help build these skills there are opportunities to work in hand with industry through our wide range of industrial, educational, and healthcare partners, something which will enhance your future employability or potential for progression. This will primarily be housed at our recently extended campus in Edgbaston, Birmingham, which contains state-of-the-art facilities to support you with your research.

Why Choose Us?

  • Campus – Our City South campus has recently been completed with new, state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge resources and equipment to support your research.
  • Partnerships – We have unique partnerships in sport, health and life sciences to support your learning and ensure your research has a practice-led, knowledge-applied approach. 
  • Employment/further study opportunities – This course is the perfect preparation to continue your studies at doctoral level, or pursue employment in a research related role.
  • Research community – As part of your course, your research will be aligned to our research centres in order to creating a vibrant and exciting research community.
  • Unique modules – We have developed future proof modules to ensure upon graduation you can employ appropriate technology, alongside research management, leadership and enterprise skills to the workplace or further study.

This course is open to International students

Teaching Excellence Excellence Framework

Birmingham City University has been awarded silver status for its quality of teaching in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Subject to approval

This course is in the final stages of approval to ensure it meets the very highest standards of quality, creativity and applied learning.

Research interests 

The course allows for plenty of opportunities to craft the course to your needs, along with the chance to specialise in an area of choice. You will benefit from being able to work within, and study alongside, a multidisciplinary team of experienced researchers and health professionals. The course is suitable for diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to, sports, medicine, nursing, midwifery, allied health professions, social work, social and natural science, where a research focused career in Sport and Exercise, Life Sciences or Health is of interest to you.

The course offers three possible routes: 

  1. Life Sciences
  2. Sport and Exercise
  3. Health

For current research topics in all three areas please visit the School Research page. 

What is an MRes?

A Masters by Research (MRes) will provide an introduction to research methods in addition to giving a firm foundation for those wishing to pursue a doctoral study in the future. The MRes degree will give you the opportunity to understand the nature and potential of a particular research topic through, for example, understanding the methodologies and ethics of conducting research.

This degree can act as a great link between undergraduate and PhD level research, particularly if you are in the process of streamlining into your research discipline and at the same time are still undecided about committing to a PhD. The MRes will be a school-based programme with strong research engagement being its pillar. In particular routes, industrial partnerships will be encouraged and a focus will also be put on practical and leadership skills, guided by a problem based learning ethos.  

Contact us

Contact the Course Leader, Dr Lewis Gough to find out more about the research opportunities available for this course:

  • UK/EU students
  • International students

Award: MRes

Starting: Sep 2020

Pathway: Health

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • TBC
  • Part Time
  • 2 years
  • TBC

Award: MRes

Starting: Sep 2020

Pathway: Life Sciences

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • TBC
  • Part Time
  • 2 years
  • TBC

Award: MRes

Starting: Sep 2020

Pathway: Sport and Exercise

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • TBC
  • Part Time
  • 2 years
  • TBC

Award: MRes

Starting: Sep 2020

Pathway: Health

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • TBC

Award: MRes

Starting: Sep 2020

Pathway: Life Sciences

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • TBC

Award: MRes

Starting: Sep 2020

Pathway: Sport and Exercise

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • TBC

If you’re unable to use our online application form for any reason, please email Research.Admissions@bcu.ac.uk.The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate honours degree (2:1) in a relevant discipline will be required. Candidates with suitable work experience and a lower classification (2:2) may also be considered. Both BA and BSc candidates will be considered.

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

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Level 7

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all of the following CORE modules (totalling 180 credits)

Digital Scholarship and Research Development
20 credits

The aim of this module is to provide you with the understanding and key concepts of working in a research setting where dissemination of research to a wide variety of audiences is important. The primary objectives are to ensure that you recognise the importance of engaging your audience and how the dissemination should be adapted accordingly. This will include a traditional academic audience, such as that seen at an academic conference. A focus will be also be placed on society and stakeholders within industry and health care settings, to ensure that you are aware of the different types of audiences you may encounter in research. On completion of this module, you will become competent not only in writing research, but also confident at disseminating knowledge to engage the reader and/or viewer.

Negotiated Study
40 credits

This module is designed to provide a deeper and more specialised understanding of research methods, building on the work you will complete during the ‘Advanced Research Methods’ module that covers the broad area of research methods. You will cover areas such as research paradigms, designs and analysis in your specialist area; however, with a focus on your preferred style of research (qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods). A large focus will also be placed on project management, leadership, applying for funding, and enterprise activities. This will prepare you for challenges in the real world and allow you to maximise the impact of your research and practice.

Advanced Research Methods
40 credits

This module enables you to develop and critically reflect on your intended approach to carrying out a research project. On successfully completing the module you will be able to effectively articulate a research project proposal and questions, the methods you intend to employ and anticipated outcomes. This will be demonstrated through a research proposal, which should then be delivered within the ‘Independent Study’ module.

Independent Study in either Health, Life Sciences, or Sport and Exercise
80 credits

The Independent Study in Health / Life Sciences / Sport and Exercise Science modules are designed to provide you with the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of research in your chosen subject or discipline. In this module you will draw on the taught modules and skills developed during your study of the MRes award, and the ‘Advanced Research Methods’ module underpins the module, as you will be executing your proposal from this module. The research project is intended to allow you to demonstrate synthesis of knowledge and research skills that you have developed throughout the duration of the course.

Employability

This course has been designed with creativity and flexibility in mind, therefore allowing you to first learn then apply skills in self-management, leadership and initiative. As a result, this helps you to build the problem-solving skills and interpersonal skills to be an effective employee upon graduation. There are also many areas of reflective practice throughout the course, to ensure you become a lifelong learner and always possess a willingness to learn.

Placements

These are encouraged throughout the course in both short and long term forms. These commonly will entail working with an external partner or being a research assistant internally at BCU, or helping with teaching. The placements will be varied to allow flexibility.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

The creation of our new suite of courses in Sport and Life Sciences is yet another exciting development at Birmingham City University. The 10,500sq metre building at City South Campus will enable us to offer a wide range of new health, nutrition, biomedical science and sports courses, as well as providing a new home for our education programmes.

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to jiu jitsu.

The courses will reflect the latest developments in our teaching and our focus on practice-led learning with work placements and live industry case studies incorporated into the curriculum. All courses have been co-designed with employers and are endorsed or accredited by professional bodies where appropriate.

By expanding our provision to these new areas, we will be helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society today, such as obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, by encouraging and supporting healthy eating and greater physical activity.

In addition, we will be producing graduates who can support elite performers in meeting the UK’s ambitions for sporting success at events such as the Olympics and other world sporting tournaments. We are constantly looking to enhance the range of courses we offer - please check all our courses for the latest additions to our portfolio.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

Simulation Mannequins

SPACE skills practice model

S.P.A.C.E.

SPACE is an innovative practice area all students can access to use equipment and resources to practise a wide range of skills in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment. It provides students with a creative learning environment to get the best educational experience before becoming a health care professional.

S.P.A.C.E.

Learning Facilities

We offer up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across. These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice.

Learning Facilities

Nursing - Facilities - Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

Explore our facilities in 360 panoramas, including welcome videos from key members of staff and Health and Wellbeing student profiles.

Virtual Tour

Doug Ellis Sports Centre

Our £8.5 million Doug Ellis Sports Centre boasts an 80-station fitness suite, an eight-court sports hall, and workout and spinning studios. The centre offers state-of-the-art fitness training equipment and plenty of room for team sports including five-a-side football and cricket. An all-weather pitch adds the finishing touches to the centre.

Visitors to the gym can choose a personalised fitness programme, instructed by qualified fitness trainers, and take advantage of a selection of classes, such as yoga, salsa or body combat.

Doug Ellis Sports Centre website

Lewis Gough

Dr Lewis Gough

Course Leader of the Masters by Research (MRes) in Health Sciences / Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science (Physiology and Nutrition)

Lewis enjoys engaging in applied practice as a consultant physiologist/nutritionist, by previously and currently supporting numerous professional football teams and individual players, Olympic level track cyclists, and national level boxers.

Read Lewis' full profile

meghan-brown

Dr Meghan Brown

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Alongside her academic roles, Meghan has provided support as a registered Sport and Exercise Nutritionist to athletes from a range of sports, including Forest Green Rovers FC, Bristol City Women's Football Club and Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme. Meghan also has a special interest in female athletes and dancers. 

Read Meghan's full profile

Louise McKnight

Senior Lecturer in Radiography

Currently teaching diagnostic radiography.

Member of PACS and QA teams at BCU.

Member of Society of Radiographers’ and GIRSIG special interest group.

Recent clinical experience involving Interventional, Cardiac and fluoroscopic radiography.