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Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Public Service Preparation Military Services Preparation Armed Forces

Course type


Course Summary

The Public Services MRes is a pre-doctoral training programme designed to provide a critical, research led approach to the study of aspects of public services around the world, together with training in the key research skills appropriate for Doctoral level study. The MRes also caters more generally for those seeking to develop their ability to apply knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of change in the public services and the analytical tools to plan and manage those services – and is an ideal preparation for a career in positions of significant responsibility and leadership in public services whether provided by government, private or non-profit agencies, as well as for those pursuing advanced studies. Modules are typically assessed by a combination of coursework and final (two-hour) examinations. There is considerable variation across modules; however some are wholly examined by coursework.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Dissertation - Core
Introduction to Social Science Research 1: epistemology, research design, and qualitative methods - Core
Introduction to Social Science Research 2: quantitative methods and data - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Student's need a first class (1:1) honours degree or equivalent in any subject and a satisfactory research proposal that fits with research interests of staff in the School of Business and Management.