Masters by Research

The perfect grounding for a career in research

A Masters by Research degree aims to provide a thorough training in a particular discipline area through original investigation and research. It gives students an excellent 12 month grounding in research and many use it as a stepping stone to a PhD.

We offer two different routes for Masters by Research: a pure research degree where you spend 12 months in one lab working on one project, or a ‘taught’ Masters by Research that includes seminars and core training alongside research projects.

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Your route to a PhD

Develop your research skills working at some of the leading research groups in the world:

  • Gain hands-on experience of different research groups working at the forefront of science discovery.
  • Engage in a broad range of experimental approaches, expanding your portfolio and CV.
  • Develop a wide set of transferable skills: from project planning to grant writing...

Graduates are equipped for PhD study at any university in the world.

Banking and money

You could be eligible for a loan to fund your studies  (UK nationals national and those with settled status in the UK)

What our graduates think

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World-class university | World-class city

Study at The University of Edinburgh and not only will you become a student at a world-class university, you’ll also get the opportunity to live in a world-class city.

The facts:

  • Ranked 20th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020)
  • 1st in the UK for Veterinary Medicine and 2nd in the UK for Medicine (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • The 2014 Research Excellence Framework results reaffirmed our reputation as one of the world’s leading research centres for medical, veterinary  and life sciences More…
  • Regularly voted a world top city, Edinburgh is a beautiful and thriving capital.  More…

Entry requirements are programme specific. Follow the links from our programme list to find entry requirements.

Applications are made online.

Read more about the application process