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Applied Research

Designed for you

Tailor the course to meet your research needs

Choose your discipline

Choose an academic area with research expertise

Applied experience

Use research findings to gain real-world experience

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Part-time, blended learning
Choose another study option
Duration:
2 Years
Start date:
20 September 2021
School:
School of Life Sciences and Education
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The MSc/MA Applied Research allows you to design your postgraduate study to meet your research and career aspirations.

The degree combines developing research applications with real world experience to support your employment options following graduation.

You can study in any of the following academic areas in the University in which we have research expertise:

  • Archaeology
  • Biology
  • Policing, Criminal Investigation and Safeguarding
  • Psychology
  • Sport and exercise

This course combines academic study and applied research with real-world experience. It provides a unique opportunity to learn from others researching in different areas, using different methodologies and presenting in different formats. It also gives you the opportunity to explore your research interests in various ways across all modules. 

The uniqueness of this award is the use of research in developing transferrable employability skills as well as enhanced subject-specific knowledge. You will complete the independent major research project prior to dissemination or exhibition - this ensures a journey from research design to dissemination to a wider audience at postgraduate level.

The degree combines developing research applications with real world experience to support your employment options following graduation.

You can study in any of the following academic areas in the University in which we have research expertise:

  • Archaeology
  • Biology
  • Policing, Criminal Investigation and Safeguarding
  • Psychology
  • Sport and exercise

This course combines academic study and applied research with real-world experience. It provides a unique opportunity to learn from others researching in different areas, using different methodologies and presenting in different formats. It also gives you the opportunity to explore your research interests in various ways across all modules. 

The uniqueness of this award is the use of research in developing transferrable employability skills as well as enhanced subject-specific knowledge. You will complete the independent major research project prior to dissemination or exhibition - this ensures a journey from research design to dissemination to a wider audience at postgraduate level.

The degree combines developing research applications with real world experience to support your employment options following graduation.

You can study in any of the following academic areas in the University in which we have research expertise:

  • Archaeology
  • Biology
  • Policing, Criminal Investigation and Safeguarding
  • Psychology
  • Sport and exercise

This course combines academic study and applied research with real-world experience. It provides a unique opportunity to learn from others researching in different areas, using different methodologies and presenting in different formats. It also gives you the opportunity to explore your research interests in various ways across all modules. 

The uniqueness of this award is the use of research in developing transferrable employability skills as well as enhanced subject-specific knowledge. You will complete the independent major research project prior to dissemination or exhibition - this ensures a journey from research design to dissemination to a wider audience at postgraduate level.

The degree combines developing research applications with real world experience to support your employment options following graduation.

You can study in any of the following academic areas in the University in which we have research expertise:

  • Archaeology
  • Biology
  • Policing, Criminal Investigation and Safeguarding
  • Psychology
  • Sport and exercise

This course combines academic study and applied research with real-world experience. It provides a unique opportunity to learn from others researching in different areas, using different methodologies and presenting in different formats. It also gives you the opportunity to explore your research interests in various ways across all modules. 

The uniqueness of this award is the use of research in developing transferrable employability skills as well as enhanced subject-specific knowledge. You will complete the independent major research project prior to dissemination or exhibition - this ensures a journey from research design to dissemination to a wider audience at postgraduate level.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA Applied Research

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA Applied Research

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Applied Research

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Applied Research

Part-time study

The degree runs over two years part-time.

Part-time study

The degree runs over two years part-time.

Part-time study

The degree runs over two years part-time.

Part-time study

The degree runs over two years part-time.

Course content

This course has three main strands; research training, subject development and research project. Your study is designed to provide you with the opportunity to build the underpinning for a future research based career. It will develop your skills in a range of techniques and research methods applicable to your subject area and in addition will allow consideration of the full ethical and methodological perspectives used within a range of academic areas. You will also develop skills to disseminate your work in formats appropriate to subject and professional expectations.

The research skills and experience modules together with the project investigation are core for all students. The more subject-orientated modules can be chosen from a variety of modules in existence or you can complete a negotiated model of content and assessment. This can be discussed with your personal tutor and allows you to build the content to support your degree and career aspirations. 

In addition to developing your academic research skills, the Applied Experience module will provide you with the opportunity to apply these skills in a real-world setting further enhancing your employability and work-readiness. Thus this course also gives you an opportunity for a work-related placement where you can apply your learning.

You will be taught using a variety of methods, including lectures, group-based tasks and 1-1 tutorials (dissertation supervisor). Practical experience and skills from completing the learning and assessment tasks will help you to develop communication skills as well as your scientific credentials.

This course has three main strands; research training, subject development and research project. Your study is designed to provide you with the opportunity to build the underpinning for a future research based career. It will develop your skills in a range of techniques and research methods applicable to your subject area and in addition will allow consideration of the full ethical and methodological perspectives used within a range of academic areas. You will also develop skills to disseminate your work in formats appropriate to subject and professional expectations.

The research skills and experience modules together with the project investigation are core for all students. The more subject-orientated modules can be chosen from a variety of modules in existence or you can complete a negotiated model of content and assessment. This can be discussed with your personal tutor and allows you to build the content to support your degree and career aspirations. 

In addition to developing your academic research skills, the Applied Experience module will provide you with the opportunity to apply these skills in a real-world setting further enhancing your employability and work-readiness. Thus this course also gives you an opportunity for a work-related placement where you can apply your learning.

You will be taught using a variety of methods, including lectures, group-based tasks and 1-1 tutorials (dissertation supervisor). Practical experience and skills from completing the learning and assessment tasks will help you to develop communication skills as well as your scientific credentials.

This course has three main strands; research training, subject development and research project. Your study is designed to provide you with the opportunity to build the underpinning for a future research based career. It will develop your skills in a range of techniques and research methods applicable to your subject area and in addition will allow consideration of the full ethical and methodological perspectives used within a range of academic areas. You will also develop skills to disseminate your work in formats appropriate to subject and professional expectations.

The research skills and experience modules together with the project investigation are core for all students. The more subject-orientated modules can be chosen from a variety of modules in existence or you can complete a negotiated model of content and assessment. This can be discussed with your personal tutor and allows you to build the content to support your degree and career aspirations. 

In addition to developing your academic research skills, the Applied Experience module will provide you with the opportunity to apply these skills in a real-world setting further enhancing your employability and work-readiness. Thus this course also gives you an opportunity for a work-related placement where you can apply your learning.

You will be taught using a variety of methods, including lectures, group-based tasks and 1-1 tutorials (dissertation supervisor). Practical experience and skills from completing the learning and assessment tasks will help you to develop communication skills as well as your scientific credentials.

This course has three main strands; research training, subject development and research project. Your study is designed to provide you with the opportunity to build the underpinning for a future research based career. It will develop your skills in a range of techniques and research methods applicable to your subject area and in addition will allow consideration of the full ethical and methodological perspectives used within a range of academic areas. You will also develop skills to disseminate your work in formats appropriate to subject and professional expectations.

The research skills and experience modules together with the project investigation are core for all students. The more subject-orientated modules can be chosen from a variety of modules in existence or you can complete a negotiated model of content and assessment. This can be discussed with your personal tutor and allows you to build the content to support your degree and career aspirations. 

In addition to developing your academic research skills, the Applied Experience module will provide you with the opportunity to apply these skills in a real-world setting further enhancing your employability and work-readiness. Thus this course also gives you an opportunity for a work-related placement where you can apply your learning.

You will be taught using a variety of methods, including lectures, group-based tasks and 1-1 tutorials (dissertation supervisor). Practical experience and skills from completing the learning and assessment tasks will help you to develop communication skills as well as your scientific credentials.

An honours degree in a related area, typically 2:1 classification. However, experience relevant to your discipline area and potential to work at Masters level will also be considered when offering a place.

Your application should include a short proposal of your research so that we can make sure that we can provide you with supervision. You can do this in the ‘Personal Statement’ section.

An honours degree in a related area, typically 2:1 classification. However, experience relevant to your discipline area and potential to work at Masters level will also be considered when offering a place.

Your application should include a short proposal of your research so that we can make sure that we can provide you with supervision. You can do this in the ‘Personal Statement’ section.

An honours degree in a related area, typically 2:1 classification. However, experience relevant to your discipline area and potential to work at Masters level will also be considered when offering a place.

Your application should include a short proposal of your research so that we can make sure that we can provide you with supervision. You can do this in the ‘Personal Statement’ section.

An honours degree in a related area, typically 2:1 classification. However, experience relevant to your discipline area and potential to work at Masters level will also be considered when offering a place.

Your application should include a short proposal of your research so that we can make sure that we can provide you with supervision. You can do this in the ‘Personal Statement’ section.

Facilities

Careers

After completing the Applied Research Masters, you’ll be equipped to work in research roles. 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills. 

 For this course, you'll: 

  • Work with others on group work 
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
  • Be expected to study independently 

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are. 

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project. 

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills. 

 For this course, you'll: 

  • Work with others on group work 
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
  • Be expected to study independently 

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are. 

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project. 

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills. 

 For this course, you'll: 

  • Work with others on group work 
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
  • Be expected to study independently 

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are. 

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project. 

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills. 

 For this course, you'll: 

  • Work with others on group work 
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
  • Be expected to study independently 

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are. 

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project. 

Assessment

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative). 

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing. 

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, exams, or portfolios.

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative). 

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing. 

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, exams, or portfolios.

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative). 

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing. 

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, exams, or portfolios.

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative). 

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing. 

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, exams, or portfolios.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do. 

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.  

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do. 

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.  

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do. 

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.  

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do. 

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.  

Staff

You'll be taught by staff who have a range of academic and industry experience. 

Dr Naomi Ellis
Dr Naomi EllisSenior Lecturer

I've been involved with a number of research projects relating to physical activity and mental health, green space and health; health in mid-life; sport and mental health in prisons.

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For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MA-Part-time, blended learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part time £4,028. per year of study

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MA Full-time, blended learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full time £8,085 per course £14,500 per course

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MSc Full-time, blended learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full time £8,085 per course £14,500 per course

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MSc Part-time, blended learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part time £4,028. per year of study

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 90 credits in your first year of study and the other 90 credits in your second year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay the same fee for each year of study. You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Our students

about
Sophia Fedorowicz
Graduate, MSc Applied Research

My broad area of interest is mental health and I went into my Master’s from a psychology undergraduate course not really knowing where I would go with it - I just knew that I wanted to learn more.

In the past year I have undertaken two applied experience placements, written blogs, spoken to people from every area of mental health, from academics to practitioners in many different areas to people in the third sector supporting people with mental distress. I have presented at a conference and gone on a trip to York University to volunteer with the Cochrane Common Mental Disorders Group and written so many essays.

I have taken every opportunity to explore what kind of researcher I want to be, what my passion is and how I want to develop after the course.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
MA
Part-time, blended learning
20 September 2021

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Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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