MRes Applied Sciences

This MRes Applied Sciences degree is a unique, fifteen month, student-oriented programme, designed to introduce you to high level science research. By the end of the course it is expected you will be able to carry out advanced level research leading to a PhD or undertake cutting-edge industry led research.

You will receive training in a wide range of research techniques to build up a substantial profile of experimental skills to be used in future employment. A major part of this MRes is to complete an individual project of your choice, led by staff who are experts in their field.

Graduates of this course could extend their current research to PhD at USW, or venture into the jobs market with a strong degree which gives them the necessary skills for commercial research.

 

Study Mode
2020
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 15 Months September Glyntaff A

The MRes Applied Science course will run over 15 months, or four terms. During the first term, students will focus on three common modules:

Project Management and Techniques

This module will teach you how to critically appreciate the latest methodologies and techniques for project management in a variety of contexts. By the end of the module, you will be able to completely evaluate the processes associated with controlling, executing and commissioning a specific project.

Research Communication

You will learn how to effectively communicate research ideas and findings using media approaches. You will develop skills in effective communication of subject specific research and wider public engagement and foster a reflective approach to research communication while developing self-awareness as a research communicator. 

Research Methods and Experimental Design

This module will focus on critical methodologies to develop a high level research project. You will learn a comprehensive set of analytical and technical tools for data collection and analysis tailored for extended research projects. You will also gain skills in research governance. 

 

Advanced Research Project

The final module on the MRes Applied Science, is a 120 credit research project. You will be expected to actively engage in the planning, investigation, implementation and critical evaluation of scientific research at a professional level, providing an insight in to the career of a modern research scientist. You will be able to choose a field of interest to base your project on. 

Teaching

You will learn through lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and practical classes. 

As part of the course, you will study independently and undertake a named research project, with the support of a project supervisor. This will involve regular meetings to discuss project design and progress. This will take the form of 1-2-1 meetings and meetings with research groups within the School.

A major part of this MRes degree is completed through independent study and research. You will undertake a named research project, with support from a project supervisor. This will involve regular meetings to discuss project design and progress, through one-to-one meetings with your supervisor and with research groups in the School of Applied Science. 

Students at USW have access to a wide range of academic and pastoral support. This includes easy access to lecturers via their ‘open door’ policies, Disability Services, the Centre for Health and Wellbeing and the Chaplaincy.

 

Assessment

Assessment for this course is based entirely on a variety of coursework.

  • Project Management and Techniques – assessed as written assignments around case studies.
  • Research Communication – assessed as a communication event and a portfolio of workshop outputs, and reflections.
  • Research Methods and Experimental Design – assessed as a portfolio of exercises including a report and presentation.
  • Advanced Research Project – assessed as a series of outputs, including a dissertation and a research poster.

Facilities

This is a school wide course, so aside from the usual computer and teaching labs, library and study spaces, students will have access to any of the other facilities we have which include SEM, NMR, ICP, DGPS, specialist software etc. depending on their project of choice.

Lecturers

This course is taught by members of staff across the faculty. The Advanced Research Project module will be supervised by at least two members of staff who are experts in your chosen field. 

Dr Sorcha Diskin - Course Leader
Dr Richard Dinsdale - Course Leader

Candidates should usually have a first-class or upper second-class Honours degree in a relevant subject including Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Forensic Science or Geography.

International Entry Requirements

International students are very much welcome and part of student life at the University of South Wales.

To fully benefit from your studies here it is a requirement that you have a minimum written and spoken level of English at IELTS 6.0. For International students, a Tier 4 visa may be required.

 

The Centre for International English offers academic and pre-sessional English language programmes at a range of levels. These courses help international and EU students develop a wide range of skills, academically and socially, within the university environment.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Apply directly to the University for this course.   

Admissions statement

Graduates of this course will be equipped to carry out high level research in a number of different sectors. This degree provides comprehensive preparation for students who wish to progress in to a research career as well as education. The MRes also builds on students transferable skills including, high level team work, communication and project management skills. Examples of employment industries include:

  • Academic
  • Commercial
  • Project management
  • Science communication and research management
  • Environment

Graduates can also progress to a PhD or research degree.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW engineering student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.