Master of Advanced Study

The Master of Advanced Study is the attributable award and not related to the academic discipline of research; one can pursue this type of Master award in any discipline. This Master award is equivalent to UK Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Level 7.

This Master of Advanced Study degree involves considerable research, either through a thesis or supervised research projects.

In order someone to receive this award must fulfil the entry requirements (general education and a Bachelor degree – UK RQF Level 6 or equivalent) of any recognised Academic institution worldwide. Our Institution then, adds two additional requirements: a demanding research study proposed by the student and approved by our Institution and the collaborative institution from the Alliance – and independent research, culminating in the production of a postgraduate thesis or if chosen, supervised research projects.

Undertaking a research degree present the student with a considerable challenge both intellectually and organisationally. It is required for the student to work independently in order to acquire valuable skills, whatever the subsequent career direction.

The student determines the area of study and programme of work with a supervisor and will be provided with appropriate research training to enable him/her to complete the programme of research. This will culminate in the preparation of a thesis which is submitted for assessment by internal and / or external examiners, together with an oral examination.

Research degrees may be gained by full or part-time study or a combination of the two. Many part time students choose to follow a programme of study in collaboration with their employer, with supervision being provided both by the Alliance and the place of work. All students undertaking research degrees are provided with specialist supervision from experts in the subject area. The supervisor meets the student on a regular basis to consider the direction of the thesis, progress with the research, drafts of material that may constitute papers and draft chapters.

The research program should be specific and have depth and focus. Often, this is achieved through double supervision between divisions, schools or institutions. To complete the thesis goals, students identify and work closely with at least one faculty member, to design and implement a research project related to their academic discipline and write a thesis related to that research. They then defend their thesis during a faculty examination committee meeting that may include visiting external examiners from other universities.

Tuition fees of the Higher degree Master of Advanced Study: typically 48.250 euros (special conditions apply depending on the needs of resources of each separate candidate).

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