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 English, Modern Languages, Creative Arts, and the Institute of Theology.

Why Queen's?
The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen's 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.

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 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)

Entry 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. 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 select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

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

For contacts, please see modules above.

Subjects taught

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)

Specific areas of supervision expertise within the Arts include:
• Post Conflict Theatre
• Irish Theatre
• Shakespeare in Performance
• Adaptation
• Monodrama
• 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
• Poetry
• Linguistics and sociolinguistics

Contact: Dr Stephen Kelly,

• French linguistics and sociolinguistics
• 19th-century studies
• Modernist poetry
• Proust
• 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 Maeve McCusker,

• Linguistics
• Lexicography
• Language and society
• Irish and Scottish literature and identity
• Medieval Irish literature and language
• Historiography
• Folkloristics and mythology

Contact: Prof Greg Toner,

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

For further information, contact Dr Sarah McCleave (

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

Contact - as for Spanish

Sonic Arts
• Sound Art
• Improvisation
• 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
• Surrealism
• Memoirs and Autobiography
• Spanish science fiction
• Modern Latin American Studies
• Mexican Studies
• Colonial Latin America
• Argentine literature and art
• Poetics
• Reader response and reception studies
• Gender studies
• Eco-criticism

(Sem 1) Dr Gabriel Sanchez,
(Sem 2) Prof Isabel Torres,

Assessment method

Assessment & Feedback
Students will complete the assessments for AHS7001 and 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.

An additional module will be undertaken (20 CATS), 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 words or equivalent scale and scope).

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. We advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

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

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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