University of Leeds

Research (MbR) (MA), M.Sc.

The MSc Research (MbR) (MA) at University of Leeds is distinct from our taught masters programmes and involves planning, implementing and writing up a research project (12 months full time; 24 months part time). You will be supervised by two members of academic staff and will be encouraged to submit your work for publication at the end of the course.
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  • Key facts
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  • Fees and funding

About

We have projects to which you can apply but you are also welcome to propose your own research project.

At the MSc Research (MbR) (MA) at University of Leeds you will develop a mixture of high-level subject-specific and generic skills,by undertaking an original piece of research .These include:

  • Project management (the ability to organise, plan and carry through to completion a complicated project).
  • Technical expertise (project dependent but may also include good laboratory and fieldwork practice and advanced health and safety skills).
  • High-level oral communication skills (especially on projects involving external partners and sponsors with whom you will liaise).
  • Strong written communication skills (in writing up your research project you will become proficient at explaining complicated ideas in simple language).
  • Data analysis skills (data handling, collation, and, where appropriate, statistical and graphical analysis).
  • Self-motivation. Although you will be closely supervised, you will have to be strongly self-motivated to succeed.

Programme Structure

Projects

Within physical geography it is usual to apply for a particular topic, while in human geography it is more usual to propose your own topic. However, we welcome topic proposals in both sides of the discipline. We will consider any topic provided it can be supervised by our staff.

For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Entry requirements for these prestigious degrees are higher than for taught masters programmes.

You will need at least a UK 2.i honours degree or equivalent. English language requirements are also higher than for taught masters or PhD degrees. You will need to hold one of the following:

  • TOEFL score (internet-based test) of at least 92 overall with at least 21 in listening and reading, 22 in writing and 23 in speaking
  • IELTS (Academic) score of at least 6.5, with at least 6.0 in all components
  • PTE (Academic) score of 64, with at least 60 in all components

Note that, for part-time students who combine their studies with paid employment, their employment should normally be related to the research project they are undertaking.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 16500 International
  • GBP 4250 EU/EEA
  • Part time fees are 50% of the full-time rate.

Funding

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