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    Hi,

    I've searched the forum but could not find definitive answers to my questions. Please can you advise.

    I understand universties have MRes in different physical science areas.

    1. Do you decide the direction of the research? Or are you essentially assisting a lecturer on their chosen area of research?
    2. Can an MRes shorten a PhD by potentially 1-2 years?
    3. Is an MRes considered more valuable than a taught MSc?
    4. Do students usually wait for their degree results before applying? Or are conditional offers made based off future results?
    5. Are there any substantial differences that you know of that you can share?

    Many thanks,
    David
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    You can suggest topics of research but most likely there will already be a project in place or the direction of your project will be guided by what's happening in the lab and what it's funded to do.
    An MRes by itself is 1-2 years. If it's part of a PhD program the whole program will be 4 years. You can't do a standalone MRes and then expect to only do a PhD in 1-2 years. A PhD needs at least 2 years of full time research.
    Do an MRes if you definitely want to go into research. Do an MSc if you want to generally develop your knowledge and skills in the field.
    You can apply with a provisional transcript while you're doing your masters.
    The main difference is that with an MRes the focus is on research and research skills, with an MSc the focus is on knowledge expansion and general relevant skills (including research).
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    (Original post by alleycat393)
    You can suggest topics of research but most likely there will already be a project in place or the direction of your project will be guided by what's happening in the lab and what it's funded to do.
    An MRes by itself is 1-2 years. If it's part of a PhD program the whole program will be 4 years. You can't do a standalone MRes and then expect to only do a PhD in 1-2 years. A PhD needs at least 2 years of full time research.
    Do an MRes if you definitely want to go into research. Do an MSc if you want to generally develop your knowledge and skills in the field.
    You can apply with a provisional transcript while you're doing your masters.
    The main difference is that with an MRes the focus is on research and research skills, with an MSc the focus is on knowledge expansion and general relevant skills (including research).
    If a MSc and MRes are in specific fields, would the MRes cover vast amount of information in that field anyway?
    Thus the MRes being the most beneficial as it gives the additional option of research bias job...

    Is there a general expected deadline for MRes or MSc? Also do they have a system similar to clearing for late applications?
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    (Original post by Davidswift9)
    If a MSc and MRes are in specific fields, would the MRes cover vast amount of information in that field anyway?
    Thus the MRes being the most beneficial as it gives the additional option of research bias job...

    Is there a general expected deadline for MRes or MSc? Also do they have a system similar to clearing for late applications?
    Not really. With an MRes you start with lab rotations right away and teaching is focused on research skills. With an MSc the first term is typically taught and the second term may be either all research or a mix of teaching and research. Have a look at some MSc and MRes courses and compare.

    Deadlines will vary by uni and each uni will have its own application system so check the requirements very carefully.


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