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.



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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 elements:

• A Research Methods module appropriate to your field of study (20 CATS)
• Two research preparation modules, defined by the supervisors and aiming to equip students with the skills, research tools and background work required for the final dissertation or portfolio (2 x 20 CATS)
• An optional module drawn from a selection available from within the Faculty (20 CATS)
• An extended dissertation (25,000 – 30,000 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
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 (k.taroff@qub.ac.uk)
Modern British literature
Irish literature
American literature
Renaissance literature
17th and 18th-century literature
Medieval and later medieval literature
Victorian literature
Women’s writing
Linguistics and sociolinguistics

Contact: Dr Stephen Kelly, s.p.kelly@qub.ac.uk
French linguistics and sociolinguistics
19th-century studies
Modernist poetry
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, m.mccusker@qub.ac.uk
Language and society
Irish and Scottish literature and identity
Medieval Irish literature and language
Folkloristics and mythology

Contact: Prof Greg Toner, g.toner@qub.ac.uk
British and Celtic music
Canonic composers (eg. Bach, Elgar, Handel, Mozart)
Collections development
Composition (instrumental, orchestral, electronic)
Graphic scoring
Historical dance and music theatre
Manuscript studies
Music in Ireland
New performance environments
Symphonic form

For further information, contact Dr Sarah McCleave (s.mccleave@qub.ac.uk)
Brazilian cultural studies
Digital culture in Brazil/Latin America
Contemporary Brazilian film and documentary
Postcolonial literatures and film
Portuguese-speaking Africa
Gender Studies

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Sonic Arts
Sound Art
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 (p.rebelo@qub.ac.uk)
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
Memoirs and Autobiography
Spanish science fiction
Modern Latin American Studies
Mexican Studies
Colonial Latin America
Argentine literature and art
Reader response and reception studies
Gender studies

Contact: (Sem 1) Dr Gabriel Sanchez, g.sanchez@qub.ac.uk

(Sem 2) Prof Isabel Torres, i.torres@qub.ac.uk

People teaching you

Dr Kurt Taroff
Email: k.taroff@qub.ac.uk

Dr Maeve McCusker
Senior Lecturer
Email: m.mccusker@qub.ac.uk

Dr Ros Silvester
Email: r.silvester@qub.ac.uk

Dr Sarah McCleave
Senior Lecturer
Email: S.McCleave@qub.ac.uk

Dr Stephen Kelly
Email: s.p.kelly@qub.ac.uk

Professor Greg Toner
Email: g.toner@qub.ac.uk

Professor Isabel Torres
Email: I.Torres@qub.ac.uk

Professor Pedro Rebelo
Email: p.rebelo@qub.ac.uk

Teaching Times

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

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.

Learning and Teaching


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Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

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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).

Entry Requirements

Entrance 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 http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy 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.


For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

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: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

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.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) £5,500
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £5,500
Other (non-UK) EU £5,500
International £15,700

All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2018-19 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs. If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

How do I fund my study?

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.

More information on funding options and financial assistance.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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