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MRes | Postgraduate Taught

Arts and Humanities

Entry year
Entry requirements
1 year (Full Time)
2 years (Part Time)
Places available
  • Overview

    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

    Career Development

    • The MRes develops practical, analytical and critical research skills, as well as project management capacities, relevant to a variety of professional and intellectual contexts.

    Student Experience

    • 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.

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  • Course content

    Course Structure

    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 80 CATS points from taught modules.

    ArchaeologyCurrent Debates in Irish Archaeology
    Professional Placement
    Individual Project
    Geospatial Techniques in Archaeology
    Museums in Heritage and Archaeology
    Community Archaeology

    Contact: Dr Patrick Gleeson (
    Course DetailsThe 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:
    DramaPost 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 (
    EnglishModern 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 Philip McGowan,
    FrenchFrench 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
    French Media Cultures
    French and Francophone Cinema
    Popular Fiction and TV Series
    Literary Theory

    Contact: Dr Dominique Jeannerod,
    Language and society
    Irish and Scottish literature and identity
    Medieval Irish literature and language
    Folkloristics and mythology

    Contact: Prof Mícheál O'Mainnin,
    MusicBritish 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 (
    PortugueseBrazilian cultural studies
    Digital culture in Brazil/Latin America
    Contemporary Brazilian film and documentary
    Postcolonial literatures and film
    Portuguese-speaking Africa
    Gender Studies

    Contact - as for Spanish
    Sonic ArtsSound 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 (
    SpanishEarly 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,

    (Sem 2) Dr Sarah Bowskill,

    People teaching you

    Dr Dominique Jeannerod


    Dr Gabriel Sanchez


    Dr Kurt Taroff


    Dr Philip McGowan


    Dr Ros Silvester


    Dr Sarah McCleave
    Senior Lecturer


    Professor Mícheál O'Mainnin


    Professor Pedro Rebelo


    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

    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).

  • 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.

    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 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.

    International Students

    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:

    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.

    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.

    • 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) £6,140
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £6,900
    Other (non-UK) EU £6,140
    International £16,900

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2020-21. 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.

    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.

    More information on funding options and financial assistance.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at

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    How to Apply

    Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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