Masters by Research (MRes)

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A Master’s by Research (MRes) is typically an intensive one year (full-time) or two year (part-time) research programme. Under the supervision of academic staff, you will devise your own research project, undertake original investigation in your chosen area and direct your own studies. Culminating in the submission of a written thesis at the end of the study period, you will then be examined viva voce.

All our MRes degrees lead to the submission of a 30,000 - 40,000 word research thesis, which is examined by viva voce. The MRes (Archaeology) also includes a taught component and incorporates the study of a credit-bearing and assessed taught element.

The research and study experience is similar to a PhD and whilst a research Master’s is a postgraduate qualification in its own right, it can prove to be a good precursor for studying at PhD level, if that is a future goal.

Each of the following MRes degrees has a named contact for specific enquiries. For general information please contact gradresearch@uhi.ac.uk.

Our Masters by Research degrees:

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Algal Biotechnology, Biology and Ecology (MABBE)

Algal Biotechnology, Biology and Ecology (MABBE)

Based at SAMS UHI

The research programme provides the underpinning knowledge and skills needed by algal biotechnologists, biologists and ecologists and is delivered by a team of research-active scientists with extensive expertise in the field, including researchers from the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP), one of the world’s largest collections of algae.

You will gain knowledge of isolation, culturing & enumeration of algae, protistan physiology, microbial biodiversity, state-of-the-art molecular biological skills and bioinformatics, statistics and experimental design as well as critical management and communication skills.

The programme is based at SAMS UHI, an internationally recognised centre of expertise in marine environmental science.

For further information, please contact: Dr David Green: david.green@sams.ac.uk

Research profile of Dr David Green

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Archaeology

Archaeology

Based at Orkney College UHI, Lews Castle College UHI and Shetland College UHI

The MRes (Archaeology) degree offers students the opportunity to develop their interests in a wide range of archaeological topics from prehistory through to Viking, later Medieval and Contemporary archaeology, including those within the area of archaeological science, and incorporates the study of a credit-bearing and assessed taught module ‘Research and Dissertation Skills’.

It is designed for students who wish to develop research topics and specific skills sets in preparation for PhD research, as well as those who wish to enhance their existing research skills and experience through a substantial piece of independent research.

Students will have access to specialist laboratories and equipment to undertake and develop research in marine, coastal and environmental archaeology with archaeological fieldwork benefiting from a wide range of excavation and survey equipment and state-of-the-art geophysics equipment and software.

For further information, please contact Dr Ingrid Mainland: Ingrid.Mainland@uhi.ac.uk

Research profile of Dr Ingrid Mainland

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Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical Sciences

Based at the Institute of Health Research and Innovation, Centre for Health Science, Inverness

The MRes (Biomedical Sciences) degree provides an excellent platform for those wishing to advance their career by pursuing a doctorate degree or employment in industry. By working on a research project of your choosing you can specialise in a sub-discipline (e.g., redox biology) and gain theoretical, practical and analytical expertise in Biomedical Sciences. You will also gain transferrable communication, project-management and problem-solving skills along with valuable practical experience and bespoke training on a wide range of state-of-the-art biomedical equipment.

Your supervisory team will be composed of expert Biomedical Sciences researchers who will mentor you and provide academic and practical support, culminating in the submission of a written thesis.

For further information, please contact Dr James Cobley: James.Cobley@uhi.ac.uk

Research profile of Dr James Cobley

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Creative Practice

Creative Practice

Based at Shetland College UHI

This programme is tailored to the needs of the creative practitioner across Scotland, the UK and internationally, who wishes to develop key aspects of their practice in a research-driven, academic context.

Working in their own studio and personal work space, students will have the opportunity to analyse their practice and to develop an appropriate research focus, artistic questions and a significant area for interrogation in a structured and supported way.

Interests may involve art and design; composition and performance in music; film and digital media developments in creativity and new creative directions including the development of professional creative events and installations.

With a network of arts organisations and centres of excellence now established across the Highlands and Islands, artists and creative makers working in rural or urban isolation can engage with other artists and creative makers through the Centre for Rural Creativity. Based in Shetland College UHI, the Centre undertakes interdisciplinary research and acts as a focal point for the university’s engagement with the creative industries.

For further information, please contact: Dr Andrew Jennings - Andrew.jennings@uhi.ac.uk

Research profile of Dr Andrew Jennings

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Engineering

Engineering

Based at Inverness College UHI; Lews Castle College UHI; Moray College UHI; North Highland College UHI and Perth College UHI

The research programme offers you the opportunity to study at one of a number of locations across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and will appeal to those from engineering, physics or applied mathematics disciplines - although the areas of specialism across the UHI network is wide-reaching and so there is potential for engineering-based research study in a broader range of areas.

Supported by a supervisory team with excellent links to local, national and international industry. You will also have access to specialist resources and research networks and gain experience of researching an individual project, either as desk based work or within the field, which will culminate in the submission of a written thesis.

For further information, please contact Professor Andrew Rae: Andrew.Rae@uhi.ac.uk

Research profile of Professor Andrew Rae

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Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Based at the Environmental Research Institute, North Highland College UHI, Thurso and the Rivers and Lochs Institute, Inverness College UHI, Inverness

The Highlands and Islands of Scotland offers unprecedented access to unique environments and the Universities Environmental Research Institute and Rivers and Lochs Institute are committed to addressing contemporary environmental issues and advancing the understanding of the sustainable use of the earth’s natural resources.

MRes students can develop their interests and research an individual project from a wide range of topics. Your location of study will depend on your chosen subject area - Renewable Energy and the Environment; Carbon, Water and Climate; Environmental Contamination and Ecological Health (Environmental Research Institute, Thurso) and Fish and Fisheries Genetics; Biodiversity Monitoring; Catchment Management; Aquaculture-Environmental Interactions and Biodiversity Management and Socioecology (Rivers and Lochs Institute, Inverness).

Your MRes studies will be undertaken in the field and in our well-equipped laboratories where you will have access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and learn from experienced researchers in order to gain experience of carrying out research, culminating in the submission of a written thesis.

Environmental Research Instutute - for further information please contact: Dr Kenneth Boyd: Kenneth.Boyd@uhi.ac.uk

Research profile of Dr Kenneth Boyd

Rivers and Lochs Institute - for further information, please contact: Professor Eric Verspoor Eric.Verspoor.ic@uhi.ac.uk

Research profile of Professor Eric Verspoor

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Forestry

Forestry

Based at Inverness College UHI

The Highlands and Islands of Scotland offers access a landscape that hosts a range of relevant forestry-based industries providing a unique and interactive learning environment.

Working with key partners such as the Scottish School of Forestry, sector relevant universities and other land-based organisations - our internationally-recognised research includes topics such as:

  • silviculture and forest management;
  • social dimensions of forestry;
  • timber technology & supply chains,
  • forest health,
  • forest landscape and wildlife ecology.

The MRes Forestry offers you the opportunity to gain experience of carrying out original research as part of one of our research groups with access to state-of-the-art facilities and a wide-reaching forestry network.

For further information, please contact: Dr Euan Bowditch Euan.Bowditch.ic@uhi.ac.uk

Research profile of Dr Euan Bowditch

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Freshwater Science

Freshwater Science

Based at Inverness College UHI

The Highlands and Islands of Scotland offers unprecedented access to unique freshwater environments and we are committed to developing our understanding of these environments.

Working with key partners in relevant sectors, the MRes Freshwater Science offers students the opportunity to develop their interests in the area by researching an individual project. Studies will be undertaken in the field and in our well-equipped laboratories where you will learn from experienced researchers in order to gain experience of carrying out research, culminating in the submission of a written thesis.

Based within the internationally-recognised Rivers and Lochs Institute, located at the Inverness College UHI campus, you will have access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and associated fieldwork based facilities.

For further information, please contact: Dr Mark Coulson: Mark.Coulson.ic@uhi.ac.uk

Research profile of Dr Mark Coulson

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Gaelic and Celtic Studies

Gaelic and Celtic Studies

Based at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (SMO) is the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture. The College offers under-and post-graduate degrees, including those of MRes and PhD. SMO is a Gaelic-speaking academic community which is situated in Skye, where many people of all ages speak Gaelic in their daily lives.

The MRes Gaelic and Celtic Studies offers students the opportunity to pursue their research interests and skills in areas including Gaelic literature, folklore, media studies, socio-linguistics, development studies, traditional music, Gaelic education and linguistics. Students on the College campus are expected to use Gaelic as their daily spoken language, while students who are off-campus can study through the medium of Gaelic or English.

The degree is designed to appeal to those wishing to undertake a postgraduate qualification as evidence of e.g. continuing professional development, or those who view the MRes as a first step towards PhD research.

You will be supported by a supervisory team who are involved in academic research, and you will have access, in person or remotely, to your supervisors, student services and support, and to the College specialist library collections of Gaelic, Celtic and Highland-related materials.

For further information, please contact: iarrtas@smo.uhi.ac.uk or phone 01471-888-304

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History

History

Based at the Centre for History UHI

The MRes (History) degree offers students the chance to undertake a research programme on various aspects of Highlands and Islands, broader Scottish, Irish, British and wider-world History.

The programme is designed for those wishing to either do postgraduate research but not to move to the stage of completing a PhD, or to find a pathway to PhD studies but for whom a taught MLitt (masters) with us is not the best option. Study will lead to the submission of a thesis of a maximum of 40,000 words.

Students benefit from staff research and publication interests in numerous fields including: Land, Landscape and Memories; Empires and Diasporas; Maritime, Coastal and Riverine Histories; Public History, Material Culture and Heritage; Monarchy, Wars and Diplomacy.

For further information, please contact: Dr Jim MacPherson: Jim.MacPherson@uhi.ac.uk

Research profile of Dr Jim MacPherson

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Literature - Available from September 2020

Literature - Available from September 2020

Based at Inverness College UHI

Available from September 2020

Our innovative programmes enable students to research an individual project and develop their interests in the following areas - providing a strong foundation for those wishing to pursue doctoral research:

  • MRes Eco-Literature
  • MRes Renaissance Drama
  • MRes Science Fiction and Fantasy

Supported by a supervisory team with links across the UHI network, there is potential to develop a project across a wide range of disciplines, including Archaeology, Drama, Environmental Science, Gaelic and Related Studies, History, Northern Studies and Theology.

The programmes incorporate the study of a two credit-bearing and assessed taught modules, designed to support students in key aspects of the MRes programme:

Case Studies module - tailored for each programme and will assist in making a decision about the topic and approaches to be explored, and

Research Methods in Literature module - supports students in planning and writing their research thesis.

For further information on all three programmes, please contact Dr Ian Blyth - Ian.Blyth.ic@uhi.ac.uk

Research profile of Dr Ian Blyth

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Northern Studies

Northern Studies

Based at the Institute for Northern Studies

The MRes Northern Studies degree offers you the opportunity to undertake research within the Institute of Northern Studies - Scotland’s most northerly research centre that recognises community participation and engagement as a core aspect of its mission.

Supported by an experienced supervisory team, you may work remotely by distance learning or be based at campuses in Orkney, Shetland or Perth. Wherever your location you will explore the culture, history, archaeology, literature, languages and area studies of the North Atlantic areas and develop your interest in these areas by researching an individual project, culminating in the submission of a written thesis.

For further information, please contact Dr Alexandra Sanmark: Alexandra.Sanmark@uhi.ac.uk

Research profile of Dr Alexandra Sanmark

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Theology

Theology

Based at Highland Theological College UHI

Highland Theological College UHI provides opportunities to study theology in a vibrant, non-denominational context - specifically, the MRes (Theology) enables students to pursue their research interests and skills in any of the major strands of theology: Biblical Studies (OT, NT and Biblical Theology); Systematic, Historical and Philosophical Theology or Practical and Pastoral Theology.

The MRes would appeal to practitioners working in ministry who wish to upgrade their skills and qualifications to Master’s degree level by research or those who see this as a first step towards PhD research. Training will be offered in research methods and theological methodologies and you will be supported by an experienced and dedicated supervisory team.

For further information, please contact Kathryn Stewart: kathryn.stewart@uhi.ac.uk