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.
Arts and Humanities highlights
• Key Facts (Complete University Guide): • 1st in the UK for Research Quality for Celtic Studies • Joint 2nd in the UK for Research Quality for French • Joint 2nd in the UK for Research Quality for Iberian Languages
- The MRes develops practical, analytical and critical research skills, as well as project management capacities, relevant to a variety of professional and intellectual contexts.
World Class Facilities
- Queen’s is ranked 9th in the UK for university facilities, according to the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018. These include the state-of-the-art Sonic Arts Research Centre, as well as the McClay library (opened July 2009) – with 2,200 reader spaces and housing 1.2 million volumes.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- You will be taught by staff with research profiles of international standing, with a wide range of interests in arts and humanities subjects.
- The MRes allows great freedom of choice regarding the subject of study and how it is studied. It encourages the student to work independently, as well as having the expertise and guidance of a supervisory team.
Students may enrol on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years) basis.
The MRes is awarded to students who successfully complete four taught modules (80 CATS points) and a 25,000-30,000 word dissertation or final portfolio of similar depth and scope (100 CATS points).
Exit qualifications are available: students may exit with a Postgraduate Certificate by successfully completing 60 CATS points from taught modules.
- 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)
Note: registration in any module that begins other than with an ‘AHS’ code requires the permission of the named subject contact (see below). This applies to: ARP, BCP, CEL, ENG, MML, MUS, and SCA modules.
Archaeology Current Debates in Irish Archaeology
Geospatial Techniques in Archaeology
Museums in Heritage and Archaeology
Contact: Dr Patrick Gleeson (email@example.com)
Arts Administration Individual modules may be available as listed above (SCA).
For further information, contact Dr Ali Fitzgibbon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Broadcast Production Individual modules may be available as listed above (BCP).
Areas covered for Broadcast include:
Gender and popular culture
Gothic / horror, science fiction, fantasy in and across media and literature.
History of media, particularly in the UK
Representations and uses of history, memory and nostalgia in media and literature.
Representations of terrorism in film and TV.
For further information, contact Dr John D'Arcy (email@example.com)
Drama Beckett Studies
Gender and Theatre Studies
Post Conflict Theatre
Shakespeare in Performance
Drama and Medical Humanities
Victorian Theatre and Melodrama
For further information, contact Dr. Trish McTighe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
English The following modules will be available to MRes students along with ENG7163 although all modules are subject to change and availability. Listings here should be taken as indicative
ENG7024 Shakespearean Childhoods
ENG7076 Contemporary Literature in Crisis
ENG7065 Dickens in Context
ENG7361 Debating Modernity in Contemporary Indian Literature
ENG7364 Narratives of Atlantic Slavery
ENG7371 Magic and Science in Medieval Writings
ENG7119 Special Topic Irish Writing
ENG7267 Fictions of Female Community1668-2019
ENG7362 Decadence and the Birth of Modernism
ENG7366 African Literature and Religion
ENG7368 Popular Fiction at the Fin de Siècle
ENG7370 A Space for Radical Openness? Writing the Margins in Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature
For further information, contact Dr Justin Livingstone (email@example.com)
European Literature in Translation Individual modules may be available as listed above (MML 7019, 7021, 7024, 7035)
For further information, contact Dr Kathleen Kaess (firstname.lastname@example.org)
French French linguistics and sociolinguistics
20th and 21st-century French literature
Autobiography and autofiction
Postcolonial literature and theory
Francophone-Chinese writing, art and film
Transnational and migration studies
French Media Cultures
French and Francophone Cinema
Popular Fiction and TV Series
Contact: Dr Dominique Jeannerod, email@example.com
Language and society
Irish and Scottish literature and identity
Medieval Irish literature and language
Folkloristics and mythology
Contact: Prof Mícheál O'Mainnin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Composition (instrumental, orchestral, electronic)
Eighteenth Century studies (J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel, W.A. Mozart)
Historical dance and music theatre
Music in Ireland
New performance environments
Politics and popular song
For further information, contact Dr Sarah McCleave (email@example.com)
Portuguese Brazilian cultural studies
Digital culture in Brazil/Latin America
Contemporary Brazilian film and documentary
Postcolonial literatures and film
Contact - as for Spanish
Sonic Arts Sound Art
Contemporary Music Performance
Composition (instrumental, orchestral, electronic)
Socially Engaged Sonic Arts
Acoustics and Psychoacoustics
Recording and Production
For further information, contact Professor Pedro Rebelo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Spanish Early Modern Spanish literature
Spanish Renaissance and Baroque literature and culture
18th-century Spanish literature and culture
19th-century Spanish literature and culture
Memoirs and Autobiography
Spanish science fiction
Modern Latin American Studies
Colonial Latin America
Argentine literature and art
Reader response and reception studies
(Sem 1) Dr Sarah Bowskill, email@example.com
(Sem 2) Dr Gabriel Sanchez, firstname.lastname@example.org
People teaching you
Combination of morning, afternoon and evening teaching with 3-4 contact hours per week. Tutorials with supervisor TBA on an individual basis.
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
Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:-
You will receive one-to-one supervision for the Research Preparation Portfolio modules and for the final dissertation or portfolio. You may have a second supervisor as well as a first supervisor. For the optional modules, you will be taught as a member of a small class. You are encouraged to attend research seminars in your field of study and to be involved in the activities of the Graduate School.
Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:
Students will complete 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.
Two additional modules will be undertaken (20 CATS each), 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 (25,000-30,000 words or equivalent scale and scope).
Prizes and Awards
- If studying a modern language on the MRes, students may be considered for the Henry Hutchinson-Stewart or Musgrave Scholarships, as well as the Bulletin of Spanish Studies Postgraduate Bursary.
- If studying music or music technology, students may be considered for the Douglas C. Harrison bursary or the May Turtle award.
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.
Exceptionally, applicants who do not hold a 2.2 Honours degree and who possess relevant experience may be permitted the opportunity to demonstrate achievement at an equivalent level. For example, if intending to study within Creative Arts, this could comprise several years of experience or employment as a composer, sound technician or in theatre work. Each application 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
Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £6,450 Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £6,450 England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £7,250 EU Other 3 £17,700 International £17,700
1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.
2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.
3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.
For further information please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit-advice/information-for-students.
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
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.
Arts and Humanities costs
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
How do I fund my study?
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 £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
How to Apply
Terms and Conditions
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions.
Fees and Funding