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Masters in Research (MRes)

Allied Health Professions *

* subject to final UWE approval

Please note that new student recruitment to this course has been suspended for the September 2017 intake. Applications for 2018 should be made from October 2017.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Allied Health Professions
Glenside Campus
One year full-time; two years part-time
Full-time; part-time
Programme leader:
Joel Allainguillaume
Key fact:
Join our world-class research community in the allied health professions and develop specialist knowledge and research experience in your area of interest. Conduct research in your workplace or on innovative collaborations with our organisational partners.

Page last updated 30 May 2017


Why MRes Allied Health Professions?

Whether it is bringing cost-effective relief to osteoarthritis sufferers, helping children overcome communication problems, or developing robotic technology so people can live independently, UWE Bristol is pioneering exciting innovations in the allied health professions.

Our Centre for Health and Clinical Research is world-renowned for its research into long-term conditions; children and young people; emergency and critical care; patient and public involvement in research and evaluative research. This is conducted alongside UWE Bristol's research centres and in collaboration with organisations, educational institutions, and health and social care services worldwide.

Why study our course?

With the option to study full-time or alongside your work, this Masters of Research enables you to deepen your knowledge in a specific area alongside our world-class research community.

After developing a solid grounding in academic research practice, you will focus your specialism, so you graduate in one of the following:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy
  • Radiotherapy and Oncology

Although there is plenty of autonomy, you will be supported throughout by a supervisor. And once you have decided on your research project, you can test hypotheses using state-of-the-art resources, simulation suites and online materials.

Real world experience

If you are working, you can tailor research to your workplace. Thanks to our diverse partners, there are opportunities for you to work on projects with organisations ranging from NHS Trusts and the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, to Bristol City Council and Bristol Health Partners. Throughout the course, you will also record activity so you graduate with a professional training development portfolio that relates to your current or future employment.

Where it can take you

On graduation, you will have advanced skills in design data, collection and analysis, and a strong understanding and evidence base in your area of interest. You can also use credits towards a PhD, so you can continue to deepen your knowledge and research experience.



Course structure will be available soon.

Learning and Teaching

You will learn through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars, presentations, supervised and independent study.

The course starts with a short period of upfront learning at UWE Bristol. This will give you the chance to learn key research concepts and meet your teachers, peers and our research community.

Research is then delivered and supported online, supplemented with on-site group sessions throughout the year. During the extended research project module, you will define your focus area and final award title. 

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

This MRes is either one year full-time or two years part-time, and runs from September to September. As this is a research degree, most of your time will be spent on independent study, but you will have regular contact with your supervisor. If studying part-time, you'll be able to schedule study around work and other commitments.


You will be assessed through coursework, a portfolio and a written dissertation. This is explained further below:

  • The professional development portfolio is a record of all your research engagement activities.
  • An extended research project of 21,000 words consists of a research proposal, written report, continuation proposal, and draft journal submission.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

We have established partnerships with the NHS, private and voluntary organisations - locally, nationally and internationally. Our department is also active on national committees and working parties including the Council of Deans and Heads of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Professions. This enables us to play a key role connecting national policy and practice into regional agendas and vice versa.


If you are already working, you can tailor your research and apply it to your workplace. We also collaborate with a broad range of organisations. So once you've identified your focus, there may be opportunities to do research with one of our research partners.

Study facilities

We invest heavily in state-of-the-art equipment and technology so you can conduct experiments and assess healthcare scenarios, including:

  • Simulate and research healthcare scenarios in our Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT), imaging suite, Occupational Therapy Resource Centre and physiotherapy rooms.
  • Access books, journals, audio-visual materials and specialist health and social care databases in Glenside Campus library - one of the best healthcare libraries in England.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.


Careers / Further study

On graduation, you will have advanced skills in design data, collection and analysis, and a strong understanding and evidence base in your area of interest. You can also use credits from this qualification towards a PhD, so you can continue to deepen your knowledge and research experience.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your graduate employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, graduate jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurs and access to employer events.

Graduate destinations

Find out what our graduates are doing six months after graduating- includes examples of careers, employers and further study. Download a PDF from graduate destinations.

See great graduate prospects for further information.

Creating employable students

UWE places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and UWE initiatives which nurture talent and encourage innovation, students gain valuable real world experience and graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.


Supplementary fee information

Further information about fees and funding.


Entry requirements

An honours degree with a minimum of a 2:1 in a relevant first degree or equivalent.

We welcome applications from students who have achieved a 2:2 degree but the applicant will need to demonstrate appropriate evidence of research and professional experience within their personal statement.

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