Research in art, architecture and design is fundamentally concerned with enquiry that generates new knowledge and understanding. This process of enquiry is closely connected with practice, presentation and peer group feedback. The emphasis in the MRes programme is on contextual. Using the student's personal research interests, establishing a critical framework for .project work, and reflecting on and recording research activity.
Two fundamental principles underpin the programme; flexibility and independent learning. Research undertaken in the Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design is enormously varied. It includes, among others, scientific experiments in conservation or environmental science, practice-based research in fine art or design, and text-based research in architecture or art history and theory. Many projects combine different forms of research. Therefore, the MRes programme is flexible to support the varied research strategies in the faculty, whilst at the same time provide a strong foundation for rigorous independent scholarship
To achieve these objectives there are three notional strands embedded within the programme; a scientific strand, a critical/theoretical strand and a practice-based strand. Units are designed to embrace a wide range of research interests and approaches. Some units offer diverse options, providing suitable research training for all three strands, whilst in others the field of enquiry is determined individually with each student through negotiation. It is expected that many students will undertake complex, multi-method research and will, consequently, select a combination of options from those on offer.
The MRes Art, Architecture may act as the preliminary stage for the completion of an MPhil or PhD. It also provides exit points for students wishing to finish their studies at Certificate, Diploma or Masters levels. Students may begin the programme at any time during the academic year and they may study in part- time or full-time mode.
Research Philosophy, Context and Strategy 36 M-level points
Research Design and Management 24 M-level points
24 M-level points
Research Analysis and Interpretation 24 M-level points
Research Presentation 12 M-level points'
Unit 6: Research Study 60 M-level points
Total 180 M-level points