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Key Programme Information

Entry Year


Programme length *

1 year(s)


Arts, English and Languages

* 2 years part time


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MRes Arts and Humanities 

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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.

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 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  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 Qualifications    

For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

For more information, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy at


Additional Information for International Students

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.
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.

Follow the link for more information on our English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information:

English for University Study - 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

How To Apply

Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

How to apply:

Step 1) With your dissertation topic in mind, contact a member of staff for your subject. You can find names and email addresses under the tab ‘Course details’. He/She will let you know which members of staff could supervise your work.

Step 2) Make contact with the potential supervisor and discuss the 750-word research proposal which forms part of the application process. You should also discuss with him/her whether additional material needs to be uploaded, for example, compositions, sample of writing, etc.

Step 3) Drafting the proposal: include key research questions, corpus and methodology or theory/ies to be used. As far as possible within the word limit, situate your project within the existing field of study and engage with secondary criticism.

Step 4) Complete the online application form, accessible from this tab. You should select the School of Arts, English and Languages, Postgraduate Taught programmes, then Music (even if this is not your subject area). Make sure that you have uploaded certificates and any other documentation or material required.

Step 5) After applying, you should receive notification of an offer of a place, or otherwise. This may take a few weeks. Remember to accept this offer in order to confirm your place on the programme.

Step 6) You will be contacted in early September about Induction activities, including the first meeting of students on the MRes Arts and Humanities.

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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.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

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Special Features

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.

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There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.

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