This unique course provides postgraduate students with the requisite research skills to enable them to proceed to PhD level
The overall educational aim of the MRes programme in the Faculty of Arts is to provide graduate students with an understanding of research methods, and training in appropriate skills such as communication, self-management and planning, by
facilitating sustained individual and independent enquiry within a creative, intellectual, and intuitive territory at postgraduate level;
fostering the development of trans-disciplinary learning, transferable and generic skills for further research and/or for professional employment, as well as life-long learning;
promoting dedicated pathways towards advanced levels of research and professionalism in the Arts and Humanities.
ensuring that those students who move on to work as researchers outside the university system will have the skills necessary to meet the needs of the public services, the professions, and of employers generally.
The Course comprises four modules worth a total of 180 credits:
CUS828: Research Methods and Skills (20 credits)
CUS829: Research Context (20 credits)
CUS830: Research Development (20 credits)
CUS831: Main Research Project: Dissertation (120 credits)
In addition, you must complete 40 Professional Development Credits
The general educational objectives are that the programme will assist students inter alia to:
develop expertise in the research process and the role that issues relating to the utility of research play in this process;
be aware of the means to engage successfully in funded research;
be familiar with aspects of research management;
develop relevant communication skills, including oral and written presentation of research findings, report and dissertation writing and preparation of grant applications;
develop expertise and experience in information handling and retrieval
Each student accepted on this programme is assigned two research supervisors who will
oversee the students progress with his or her research project
agree with the student at the start of the course a regular
schedule of meetings that is reviewed on a monthly basis
be the students primary point of contact in all matters
relating the course
in consultation with the relevant module co-ordinator, ensure that the student attends an appropriate range of Research Training sessions.
It is common practice for research students in the Faculty to have two supervisors, and the same applies for MRes students. The main reason for this is that supervisors may complement each others expertise and experience, and this benefits the student. The first supervisor is usually the person whose interests and experience most closely match your project, and who takes the key role in guiding your studies.