PROGRAM SYNOPSIS

The Masters in Research Studies is a qualifying program for graduates from any discipline who do not have the appropriate research experience to undertake higher research degrees. It is designed for applicants who need additional skills in research in order to progress onto their research masters or doctoral program. The applicants will learn about research methodology, methods and ethics as they plan and conduct a research. The program will also provide the required knowledge, skills and confidence to interpret, evaluate and carry out research in any social setting.

Master of Research Studies is a two year programme having three exit points. Students who successfully completes the first semester may exit with a ‘Certificate in Research Studies’. Students who complete second semester may exit with a ‘Post graduate Diploma in Research Studies’. The third and final exit is when students complete a Master’s thesis during the second year which will enable them to achieve a ‘Masters in Research Studies’.

Six compulsory modules will need to be completed during the first year to equip themselves with the necessary skills and competencies to undertake independent research and produce quality research output consistent with international benchmarks. Upon successful completion of this requirement and progress into higher degrees research, the students will work on a research project for duration of two semesters to enable them to qualify to the award of Master of Research Studies.

LECTURE PANEL & PROJECT SUPERVISORS

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

• Read educational and social research with an understanding of a range of research methodologies;
• Define an issue in their discipline as an investigable research project;
• Design a research project demonstrating understanding of the range of research methodologies available, and their relevance to the project;
• Undertake a significant research project in their respective discipline;
• Write up the results of the research project to demonstrate the capacity to adhere to the conventions of research.

ENTRY REQUIREMENT

Completion of a MQA approved level 7 Bachelor Degree or equivalent

ALTERNATIVE ENTRY

• 30 years of age and above as of the commencement date of the relevant semester
• Has an MQA approved Diploma qualification
• Minimum five years of experience in relevant field
• Successfully pass an admission test administered by Villa College and interview

DURATION

2 years

INTAKE

January / May / September

COURSE FEE

MVR 60,000 (Payable in Installments)

MNQF ACCREDITED LEVEL

Level 9

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

YEAR ONE (2 SEMSTERS)

SEMESTER ONE
Postgraduate Certificate Modules (Compulsory Modules)
RESE6101: Introduction to Social Research and Research Process
RESE6102: Qualitative Research Methods
RESE6103: Quantitative Research Methods

SEMESTER TWO
Postgraduate Diploma Modules (Compulsory Modules)
RESE6201: Foundations of Research Theory
RESE6202: Quantitative Analysis Using Statistics
RESE6203: Reading and Writing in Research

YEAR TWO (2 SEMSTERS)
Masters Modules
RESE7001: Master of Research Studies Thesis