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 Queens. 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 English, Modern Languages, Creative Arts, and the Institute of Theology.
The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queens is the largest Faculty in the University, with almost 8000 students and more than 25 disciplines. The following subject areas were ranked in the top 20 in the UK Sunday Times League Table: Creative Writing (2nd), French (2nd), Linguistics (3rd), Iberian Studies (5th), Communication and Media Studies (16th) and English (19th). In addition, Performing Arts was ranked in the top 50 in the world QS Rankings.
MRes Arts and Humanities students will have access to world class facilities such as the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry and the Brian Friel Theatre.
Where appropriate to their research, MRes students will have the opportunity to undertake internships or collaborations with external organisations such as PRONI, DCAL, NMNI, BBC, Belfast City Council, or with organisations in the charitable or voluntary sector.
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 four elements:
Research Methods (AHS7001) (20 CATS)
Subject-specific Research Methods defined by the supervisors and written up in a research preparation portfolio (2 x 20 CATS modules)
An optional course drawn from the portfolio of modules available from within the Faculty (20 CATS)
An extended dissertation (25,000 words) or a portfolio of similar scope and depth (100 CATS)