Applying to our courses is easy, and we’re happy to answer your questions about admissions and eligibility. 

You can apply at any time of the year, but it’s best if you’re fully enrolled two weeks before your course starts. Our MRS Advanced Certificate courses start in late August and January. Our MRS Diploma course starts in late August each year.

Before you apply, please review the eligibility and language criteria below, and check that you can meet the technical requirements. We aim to process all applications within two working days. It may take longer if we need to verify any previous qualifications. And finally, please be aware that Candidates may incur additional charges if they need to retake exams, resubmit coursework, or defer their studies. Please take the time to view and download the full list of additional charges.

New for 2018: The Market Research Benevolent Association (MRBA) now operates a bursary programme, MRBA Skills. It offers financial help to researchers who want to take the MRS Advanced Certificate course, and is open to both new and more experienced researchers.

MRS Advanced Certificate

You’ll need to meet one of the following criteria to ensure you can succeed on the course.

  • More than three months of market or social research experience, ideally with involvement in all aspects of research projects and/or some training in research methods
  • MRS Certificate in Market & Social Research or other training in research methods, e.g. via an undergraduate degree or at A Level/college level
  • Satisfactory nomination by your employer, if you don’t meet either of the first two criteria
  • Satisfactory nomination by your course tutor, if you aim to take the Advanced Certificate alongside an undergraduate degree
  • Demonstrable academic achievement at A Level or higher (please contact us for details)
  • Satisfactory interview with the Research Academy admissions team

You only need to meet one of these criteria, not several. When you apply, we’ll ask for proof of any relevant qualifications and may hold a short interview with you.

Apply for the MRS Advanced Certificate online now!

MRS Diploma admissions

You’ll need to meet one of the following criteria to ensure you can succeed on the course.

  • Successful completion of the MRS Advanced Certificate and a minimum of one year’s experience in a research-related role
  • A degree or appropriate professional qualification that contained a significant research component, and at least two years of work experience in a research-related role
  • At least three years of work experience in a research-related role, and evidence of training within that role

If you already hold the MRS Advanced Certificate, you’re eligible for our MRS Diploma conversion course. This will save you time and money.

Request your MRS Diploma application form now

Please tell us whether you or your employer is paying, so that we can send you the correct form.

Language requirements
All of the teaching, the coursework and the exams are in English. If English is not your native language, you’ll need to have one of the following:

  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency with an overall score of 175 and no less than 162 in each component (or equivalent)
  • IELTS 6.0 or above
  • TOEIC 880 or above
  • Evidence that you speak and write fluent English and have worked or studied in an English language environment for at least three years