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Key Programme Information

Entry Year


Programme length *

1 year(s)

Places available



Full-Time, Part-Time


Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


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 Arts, English and Languages 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)

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 (


  • 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 (


  • 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 (


  • 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,


  • 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

Contact: (Sem 1) Dr Gabriel Sanchez,

(Sem 2) Prof Isabel Torres,


  • 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


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

Contact: Prof Greg Toner,


  • 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,


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).

Learning and Teaching

Indicative Proportional Mix of Time in Classes, Tutorials/Seminars/Labs, and Private Study in a Teaching Semester

 Students will attend some tutorial sessions and will also spend a large proportion of their time on independent study, working with their supervisory team.

Teaching Times

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

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 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.

How To Apply

Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.

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

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From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

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