Arts & Humanities

The MRes in Arts and Humanities is a research preparation degree that offers students the opportunity to undertake advanced studies within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen's. The course is structured around the personal research interests of each student and supported by a bespoke research preparation portfolio and a range of optional modules in areas related to the research. The MRes is available in a wide range of disciplines within the Schools of Arts, English and Languages.

Arts and Humanities highlights
Career Development
•The MRes develops practical, analytical and critical research skills, as well as project management capacities, relevant to a variety of professional and intellectual contexts.

Student Experience
•The MRes allows great freedom of choice regarding the subject of study and how it is studied. It encourages the student to work independently, as well as having the expertise and guidance of a supervisory team.

Course Details
The MRes degree is intended for applicants who already have a clear dissertation project (or equivalent, e.g. composition portfolio, performance, creative writing). In liaison with the supervisors, a plan of work in semester 1 and 2 is agreed and serves as preparation for the project as well as assessed work in its own right. The programme provides students with the opportunity to work closely with a supervisory team to produce a substantial piece of independent research and to develop wide-ranging research skills within disciplinary and interdisciplinary frameworks.

The programme comprises the following elements:
• A Research Methods module appropriate to your field of study (20 CATS)
• Two research preparation modules, defined by the supervisors and aiming to equip students with the skills, research tools and background work required for the final dissertation or portfolio (2 x 20 CATS)
• An optional module drawn from a selection available from within the Faculty (20 CATS)
• An extended dissertation (25,000 – 30,000 words) or a portfolio of similar scope and depth (100 CATS)

Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:
You will receive one-to-one supervision for the Research Preparation Portfolio modules and for the final dissertation or portfolio. You may have a second supervisor as well as a first supervisor. For the optional modules, you will be taught as a member of a small class. You are encouraged to attend research seminars in your field of study and to be involved in the activities of the Graduate School.

Entry requirements

Entrance requirements
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above in a related subject or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

Applicants with relevant professional experience and a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Exceptionally, applicants who do not hold a 2.2 Honours degree and who possess relevant experience may be permitted the opportunity to demonstrate achievement at an equivalent level. For example, if intending to study within Creative Arts, this could comprise several years of experience or employment as a composer, sound technician or in theatre work. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit for more information.

All applicants will also be required to submit a 750 word research proposal, which demonstrates an understanding of the research area and methodology and a portfolio of practice-based work, if applicable.

International Students
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
•Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
•Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Combination of morning, afternoon and evening teaching with 3-4 contact hours per week.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
The MRes forms an excellent foundation for doctoral (PhD) work. It is also ideal for students who wish to undertake an independent research project for personal and professional development. It encourages practical, analytical and critical research skills and project management capacities relevant to a variety of professional and intellectual contexts.

Further enquiries

Dr Gabriel Sanchez 

Dr Kurt Taroff 

Dr Philip McGowan 

Dr Ros Silvester 

Dr Sarah McCleave 
Senior Lecturer

Professor Mícheál O'Mainnin 

Professor Pedro Rebelo 

Subjects taught

Specific areas of supervision expertise within the Arts include:

Post Conflict Theatre
Irish Theatre
Shakespeare in Performance
Dance Theatre
Drama and Medical Humanities
British Theatre
Applied Drama
Theatre Historiography
Symbolist Theatre
Victorian Theatre and Melodrama

For further information, contact Dr Kurt Taroff (

Modern British literature
Irish literature
American literature
Renaissance literature
17th and 18th-century literature
Medieval and later medieval literature
Victorian literature
Women's writing
Linguistics and sociolinguistics

Contact: Dr Philip McGowan,

French linguistics and sociolinguistics
19th-century studies
Modernist poetry
20th and 21st-century French literature
Autobiography and autofiction
Caribbean literature
Postcolonial literature and theory
Crime fiction
Francophone-Chinese writing, art and film
Transnational and migration studies
Travel Writing
Medical Humanities
Illness narratives

Contact: Dr Rosalind Silvester,

Language and society
Irish and Scottish literature and identity
Medieval Irish literature and language
Folkloristics and mythology

Contact: Prof Mícheál O'Mainnin,

British and Celtic music
Canonic composers (eg. Bach, Elgar, Handel, Mozart)
Collections development
Composition (instrumental, orchestral, electronic)
Graphic scoring
Historical dance and music theatre
Manuscript studies
Music in Ireland
New performance environments
Symphonic form

For further information, contact Dr Sarah McCleave (

Brazilian cultural studies
Digital culture in Brazil/Latin America
Contemporary Brazilian film and documentary
Postcolonial literatures and film
Portuguese-speaking Africa
Gender Studies

Contact - as for Spanish

Sonic Arts:
Sound Art
Contemporary Music Performance
Composition (instrumental, orchestral, electronic)
Socially Engaged Sonic Arts
Sound Studies
Acoustics and Psychoacoustics
Recording and Production
Sound Design
Physical Modelling
Instrument Design
Performance Technologies

For further information, contact Professor Pedro Rebelo (

Early Modern Spanish literature
Spanish Renaissance and Baroque literature and culture
18th-century Spanish literature and culture
Spanish Enlightenment
19th-century Spanish literature and culture
Memoirs and Autobiography
Spanish science fiction
Modern Latin American Studies
Mexican Studies
Colonial Latin America
Argentine literature and art
Reader response and reception studies
Gender studies

Contact: (Sem 1) Dr Gabriel Sanchez,

(Sem 2) Dr Sarah Bowskill,

Assessment method

Students will complete a programme of research training defined by the supervisors which will be written up in the research preparation portfolio. This will include work in terms of literature review, detailed information on research methodologies and the wider enhancement of skills and knowledge through engagement with the research environment of the School and Faculty.

Two additional modules will be undertaken (20 CATS each), selected from the portfolio of options available within the Faculty.

The most substantial element of the programme is submission of an extended dissertation or equivalent portfolio of practice-based work (25,000-30,000 words or equivalent scale and scope).

Application date

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year 2020

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