Master of Research (School of Sport and Health Sciences) – MRes / PGCert

Pathways available:

Master of Research (Biomedical Science) – MRes / PGCert

Master of Research (Psychology) – MRes / PGCert

​​Master of Research (Health) - MRes / PGCert

Master of Research (Strength & Conditioning) - MRes / PGCert

Master of Research (Stroke)  - MRes / PGCert

Master of Research (Critical social sciences of sport, health and education)  - MRes / PGCert

​The Master of Research (MRes) programme provides high quality and professionally relevant training in research methods and analysis for health, psychology and biomedical science graduates.

Through the taught modules students will develop their research skills, including critically appraising literature, developing research proposals, laboratory techniques, project management, presenting findings (through oral, written and digital media) and applying for funding. Students will be introduced to a wide range of methodologies and practical techniques relevant to their discipline. Training will be provided in research governance and ethical procedures to ensure students are prepared for work as professional researchers.

Students will conduct two substantial research studies in a topic of their choice, supervised by experienced members of academic staff. These studies will be written up in the form of journal articles and will form a substantial component of the credits for the MRes award.

This award prepares you for a future in research and progression on to PhD studies.

Course Content

Students will complete the following modules - according to their chosen pathway- over the course of one full year (full-time) or two years (part-time). The modules are intended to prepare you for subject-specific study while also developing your skills as a researcher. 

All  pathways include the modules Dissertation (MRes), which is 120 credits, and Developing Skills for a Career in Research, which is 20 credits. 


The dissertation (120 credits of the 180 credits for the whole Programmes) will involve all the elements of the research process from the design of the study, data collection, analysis of findings and write up in the format of a journal article. Students will be supervised by two members of staff to complete their dissertation. Students will be matched with appropriate staff members who have expertise in the chosen topic and/or methodology. 

Each pathway then has the following other 20 credit modules to make them up to 180 credits.

Master of Research (Biomedical Science) – MRes / PGCert

Research Strategies and Innovation in Biomedical Sciences 

Analytical & Diagnostic Techniques 

Master of Research (Psychology) – MRes / PGCert 

Research Methods and Design 

Evidence Based Practice 

Master of Research (Health) - MRes / PGCert 

Applied Research Methods and Design 

Evidence Based Practice 

Master of Research (Strength & Conditioning) - MRes / PGCert

Please contact Programme Director Jeremy Moody: 

Master of Research (Stroke) - MRes / PGCert 

Applied Research Methods and Design 

Research and Practice in Stroke 

Master of Research (Critical social sciences of sport, health and education) - MRes / PGCert 

Research Methods in Sport – this is core, plus an option of one of the following three modules; 

Sustainable Practice in Sport and Physical Culture 

Sporting Lives 

Transforming Physical Health Education

Learning & Teaching

The MRes programme comprises 180 credits of which 120 are gained from completing a dissertation proposal and dissertation on the student’s chosen topic. Therefore the programme is largely independent research, with the support of academic supervisors. The specialised research taught modules ensure you will be equipped with the knowledge, practical and professional skills to engage in your chosen research area and also to provide you with a broader knowledge base of research methodologies. The taught modules will involve a variety of different learning and teaching methods including: lectures, seminars, small group work, workshops, online learning, tutorials and self-directed learning. Each student will be allocated two members of staff to supervise their dissertation and a separate personal tutor. Your personal tutor will support you with pastoral care and advice for career planning, e.g., supporting you to complete a personal development plan.


Each module has its own form of assessment. The majority of modules are assessed via coursework, including research reviews, reports, essays and presentations. The dissertation will be written up in the format of two journal articles or a thesis, in agreement with your supervisors.

Employability & Careers

MRes graduates will be well placed for PhD level study or a career that involves carrying out, critically appraising or applying research findings. Evidence based practice means that a knowledge and understanding of research is essential in all health related domains so that health care providers are able to interpret previous research findings, as well as contributing to the process of designing and carrying out research projects. Graduates will also be well equipped in roles which involve scientific writing, analysis of research, designing or administering research projects and development of research portfolios.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) in a health or social science subject is normally required. However, applicants with relevant professional experience or qualifications are welcomed and will be considered individually.

International Applicants:
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Selection Procedure:
Once your application has been received you will be invited for a short meeting with the Programme Director to discuss the course in more detail and consider which is the most appropriate programme route to suit your background and future needs.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

If you are interested in using credit from another institution, or have obtained qualifications and/or experience to study for a course at Cardiff Met, you can find further information on this as well as information on how to apply on the RPL page.

Additional Information

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to

Please note there are costs in addition to the course fee for this programme. Further information can be accessed via the fees webpage.

Part-time fees:
Charges are per Single Module unless specified:
Undergraduate = 10 Credits; Postgraduate = 20 Credits

Generally we find most students will complete 60 credits per year for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate study; to obtain a true costing please clarify this by contacting the Programme Director directly.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Ian Bezodis email 

For Master of Research (Strength & Conditioning), Jeremy Moody email ​​​

Key Course Information

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

Course Length:
One year full-time or two years part-time.

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