I have a research question that I want to explore, so am considering completing a Master of Research (MRes) degree in the UK. I will soon finish a terminal master's program by coursework (in the US), with no thesis option, so I do not have a research background. Is research experience a typical prerequisite for an MRes?
No, you do not need research experience to get on a UK MRes progamme. Though it will help.
It may vary by institution; this answer is based on the one MRes from my subject area.
The UCL MRes in Energy Demand Studies has the following prerequisites (taken from that linked page):
- Good numeracy and literacy and an ability to present ideas clearly
- An appreciation of the importance of behaviour and society in energy demand
- An understanding of or ability to learn basic physics and engineering concepts
- Strong performance in a science, engineering or social sciences discipline
The course, in its first half, contains a lot of taught material. This covers, amongst other things, research skills.
Having research skills, or a research track record, will help you with getting onto the more competitive courses, such as this one; and it will improve your chances of getting your study funded too.
One of the selection criteria is (ibid):
how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
so if you can show a research track record, that will help fulfill that criterion.