A Master of Research (often called an MRes) is a master’s degree with a focus on research.
Whereas most master’s degrees - such as an MSc or MA - follow a series of structured units and end with a dissertation, MRes degrees are based on a research project. You’ll study taught units alongside this to develop your skills to carry out your project effectively.
The taught aspect of an MRes distinguishes it from other research-based degrees. Alternatives, like an MPhil, can be entirely project-based without additional teaching.
Often people choose to complete MRes degrees in preparation for doctoral study, as they're designed to provide the core research skills needed.
However, you can use the knowledge and expertise you’ll gain to progress to a range of non-academic careers with a research focus. This is particularly useful because many private and public sector organisations value people with the ability to provide actionable insights from qualitative and quantitative data.