From Durham University Department of Geography:
Our Masters by Research degree (MRes) provides an opportunity to develop your research expertise and advanced skills. It offers a research-intensive option and the opportunity for you to work within a vibrant, world-leading research environment, often on active projects around the world. Our MRes can be taken to achieve either an MSc or MA and provide a further qualification for a career where independent research skills will set you apart, and it is an excellent option if you are considering a PhD.
The MRes is designed to provide advanced research experience. It emphasises independent but supervised research and you will work closely with at least two supervisors. Your supervisors will support you through each stage in designing and completing an original piece of research. Many of our students go on to publish their work in leading journals.
Take a look at the list of current Masters projects or propose your own to a potential supervisor. Our students study for a minimum of one and maximum of two years to obtain this degree. The MRes is open to any student with a Bachelors degree in a science or social science subject of the required standard (2:1 or 1st class degree). The MRes (MSc or MA) is suitable for students with a science, engineering, social science or an arts background.
Durham Inspired Climate Change and Polar Science Research Scholarship
The scholarship consists of the MRes tuition fees (currently £4500) and up to £500 of research costs to help defray some of the costs of the project.