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  • Objectives
    To enable students to research and write an extended dissertation, whilst developing practical, critical and analytical research skills that can be deployed in a variety of professional and intellectual contexts. Students will develop an understanding of the place of a specifi c research topic within current debates and methodologies in relevant disciplines, and within the humanities generally. The course will promote the ‘project management skills’ of defi ning and planning a project, meeting deadlines, and recording and refl ecting on outcomes.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants should normally have a good honours degree (2.1 or above) in a relevant humanities subject. However students from different backgrounds who believe they have the capacity to undertake postgraduate work i
  • Academic Title
    Master in Research Humanities
  • Course description
    Introduction
    The MRes in Humanities offers students the opportunity to produce
    a substantial piece of independent research and writing, and to
    undertake wide-ranging, systematic training in research skills. Students
    will be admitted to write a dissertation in a specifi c fi eld with a named
    supervisor. Supervision is available in all disciplines where the faculty
    has expertise: American Studies, Media Communications and Culture,
    English, History, Modern Languages (Russian and German), Music,
    Music Technology. See websites and course leafl ets for these subjects.
    There are close interdisciplinary links, for example in Victorian Studies
    and Studies in Early Modern England.

    Course structure and content
    Students follow a personally designed or tailor-made programme,
    comprising three components totalling at least 180 credits.
    1. A 20,000-25,000 word dissertation (or equivalent composition
    or artistic production) is at the heart of the course. (90 credits)
    2. All students follow the Humanities Research Training Programme
    covering research skills and reflective practice in the humanities.
    (30 credits)
    3. Students will then take further training (totalling 60 credits) which
    will typically include one module covering research methods in the
    disciplinary or interdisciplinary field relevant to the thesis topic
    (30 credits) and one module of independent, individual, study
    developing specific skills necessary for the dissertation (30 credits).
    A number of 30-credit discipline specific research training
    modules have been developed, including:
    Approaches to Historical Research;
    Philosophical Method Criticism, Analysis, Theory in Literary Studies;
    Approaches to Music Research;
    The Image of Russia in Russian Literature.

    Some modules may be taken from the MAs run in the Faculty in
    Local History, American Literature and Culture, US History and Politics,
    and Victorian Studies, or from the Social Sciences Research Training
    Programme if relevant to their dissertation topic. Language Training
    is also available.

    Assessment
    Assessment is by coursework, culminating in the 20,000-25,000
    word dissertation (or the equivalent composition or artistic production).
    The Faculty Training Programme is assessed by a Portfolio consisting
    of an annotated bibliography, a project outline and a reflective diary.
    Each of the other modules will be examined through a 4,000 word
    essay or equivalent.

    The pass mark is 50% and a distinction will be awarded where students
    obtain 70% or over for the dissertation, and an average of 70% in their
    other coursework.

    Career destination information
    The MRes is an ideal preparation for students who wish to proceed to
    doctoral research in the humanities and for those who wish to undertake
    research for reasons of personal and career development. It should
    appeal to those working in the fields of education, media, culture
    and heritage.

    Funding
    Students are eligible to apply for funding from the Arts and Humanities
    Research Council whose deadline is early May each year. It is essential
    that students make early applications for the MRes so that academic
    staff can help with their application.

    Fee waivers for full-time and part-time students are sometimes
    available on a competitive basis for students doing an MRes.

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