Humanities MRes

Course length: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Overview

If your undergraduate degree has left you with a passion for independent research, and an interest in a particular topic in one area of the Humanities (Drama, English Literature, History, Theology), this degree will allow you to advance both your subject knowledge and your research skills. Based around an individually devised and researched dissertation on the subject of your interest, it is designed to develop your understanding of high quality research within the Humanities and will give you the opportunity to research into a subject that you want to explore. 

  • Gain advanced knowledge, skills and experience of conducting independent research
  • Excellent preparation for PHD
  • Offered as both full and part time study
  • Loans available to cover fees and / or living costs
 
Why study this course?

Offered both full-time and part-time, the MRes includes a 90 credit independent research project with three supporting 30 credit modules: Research Methods in Humanities which will allow you to develop advanced research skills and reflective practice; Theory and Its Applications in which you will explore the shared concepts in Humanities which enable interpretations of text; Research Orientation which will be tailored to your individual project and focus on developing a sound project proposal and plan before starting the Dissertation module. In the Research Orientation and Dissertation modules we adopt a flexible approach allowing you to tailor learning and research to your specific interests. This provides the opportunity to become a well-rounded and critical researcher within the Humanities.

Students’ own research proposals are welcomed in the following areas of text-based Humanities research that correspond with the specialisms offered by individual members of staff:

Drama

English Literature

History

Theology

In addition, there are a range of projects available upon enquiry with appropriate staff. Find out more information on the specialist research areas of staff in the Humanities at Newman.


Newman University would like to draw your attention to our Academic Regulations. These regulations are your Terms of Reference and should be considered when making a decision to study with our institution.

Entry requirements

Applicants require an undergraduate degree in a related discipline with a 2:1. Applicants with a good 2:2 combined with exceptional research or additional experience may be considered.

Applicants may additionally be required to attend interview or to submit a piece of written work as part of the application process.

Fees

2017/18: Full-time UK/EU Students - £4,000

2017/18: Part-time UK/EU Students - £2,000 per academic year

* Please note for 2018/19 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

For information regarding a Postgraduate Loan (PGL) for Master's study click here

Full-time course modules


As a full time student, you will study a total of 180 credits. The credits are made up of mandatory modules and you may have a list of optional modules to choose from. Not every programme offers optional modules and when an optional module is available it will be clearly marked. All modules are listed below and you may not be required to complete all of these modules. Most modules are 20 credits or 30 credits and dissertations are 60 credits. Please note that not all optional modules run every year. For further information please email admissions@newman.ac.uk.

Year 1 modules


RESEARCH METHODS IN THE HUMANITIES


MODULE TITLE : RESEARCH METHODS IN THE HUMANITIES

MODULE CODE : HRM701


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will provide students with a critical appreciation and understanding of the different types of research resources, tools and techniques used for masters’ level Humanities Studies. The module is designed to enhance students’ ability to identify and locate resources independently providing them with a detailed knowledge and understanding of resources and tools which are readily available. As well as developing  essential research skills, students will also explore the unstable nature of text, helping them to understand the contingent nature of sources and of the political, social and intellectual context in which they can be interpreted.

 

Students will be required to reflect on their own skills in relation to relevant research skills through the applied tasks set throughout the module: these will be focused on how to systematically develop independent research projects appropriate to Master’s level work. Consideration will be given to different approaches to research design. Although the projects undertaken on the MRes will be text-based, the issues surrounding ethics will be considered and will be broadened to consider the subjective nature of research within the discipline.

 

Students will undertake a series of short tasks, related to their portfolio assessments. These will indicatively include work on: using book / journal resources efficiently; the use of ebooks, ejournals; efficient searching of databases and general internet searches; accessing research including archival research, using research libraries including the British Library, interlibrary loan and SCONUL Access; construction of sophisticated academic arguments; information management; note taking / keeping records; presenting documents as appropriate for academic work, including for publication, and referencing.

 

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 24.00
Independent : 276.00
Placement :
Total :  300.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

  • develop in students a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the range of research resources, tools and techniques used for masters’ level Humanities studies;

  • develop students’ ability to locate, use, analyse and evaluate scholarly and research resources relevant to Humanities research;

  • develop students’ critical abilities in evaluating and applying the methods and processes used in Humanities research, including an understanding of the limits of current methodology and the opportunities to develop originality in the application of knowledge;

  • make students aware of the unstable and variable nature of texts, the contingent nature of sources and the political, social and intellectual contexts in which they can be interpreted;

  • encourage students to develop skills of self-reflection and information management so that they improve their ability to make decisions in relation to complex and often contradictory material, to work efficiently, use IT to help them manage tasks, meet their own deadlines as well as those externally set.

  • explicate the requirements for presenting academic work at this level for assessment and for publication.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  • explore and use a range of research resources, tools and techniques used for masters’ level Humanities studies;

  • locate, use, analyse and evaluate scholarly and research resources relevant to Humanities research;

  • develop their critical abilities in evaluating the methods and processes used in Humanities research, and apply their knowledge in original ways;

  • explore the unstable and variable nature of texts, the contingent nature of sources and the political, social and intellectual contexts in which they can be interpreted;

  • develop skills of self-reflection and information management so that they improve their ability to make decisions in relation to complex and often contradictory material, to work efficiently, use IT to help them manage tasks, meet their own deadlines as well as those externally set.

  • learn and practice the requirements for presenting academic work at this level for assessment and for publication.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Portfolio

THEORY AND IT'S APPLICATIONS


MODULE TITLE : THEORY AND IT'S APPLICATIONS

MODULE CODE : HRM702


MODULE SUMMARY :

One of two interdisciplinary modules, this module will provide students with the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings to Humanities research to develop the more advanced critical and analytical skills needed for dissertation at level 7. The module introduces students to a range of critical approaches to text, giving them the opportunity to use, discuss, and critique these strategies both verbally and in writing. Student’s will develop skills in self-reflexivity by being encouraged to understand their own preferences and positions in undertaking Humanities research which inflects their analyses and approaches in developing their research interests, questions and findings.

The module will focusing on close readings of work that influenced the poststructuralist move and will introduce discussions concerning the impact of this critique of representation on theories of identity, ideology, meaning, and power.

 

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 24.00
Independent : 276.00
Placement :
Total :  300.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

  • provide students with a broad and detailed understanding of texts, theories, issues and concepts that underlie research methodologies in the Humanities, which are relevant to their own research project, and to understand how their research is informed by and exceeds the forefront of the field in which it is located. 

  • enable students to contextualise and develop their area of expertise in the light of a detailed understanding of the representational function of text in promoting, maintaining or challenging identity, power, meaning and ideology.

  • develop students’ abilities to make independent judgements as they evaluate and critique specific approaches to text.

  • develop students’ self-reflexivity in understanding preference and position in undertaking Humanities research, and how this is inflected by personal perspectives;

  • help students apply skills in critical analysis to enhance their written and verbal communication.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

  • read, evaluate, and critique key texts, theories, and issues that underpin philosophical approaches to Humanities research, to understand how it relates to their own research project;

  • situate their own work in this wider context of theoretical discourse and to understand how their research is informed by and exceeds the forefront of the field in which it is located;

  • further develop critical abilities as they apply specific approaches to their specialist area of research;

  • explicitly understand and articulate their own preferences and positions in undertaking Humanities research, and how this is inflected by personal perspectives;

  • use critical theory to improve analysis of text and argument in essay writing for assessment and publication.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Essay (5000 words)

COMMUNICATING RESEARCH


COMMUNICATING RESEARCH: details currently unavailable

DISSERTATION


DISSERTATION: details currently unavailable

Part-time course modules


As a part time student, the amount of credits you complete each year may vary. The credits are made up of mandatory modules and you may have a list of optional modules to choose from. Not every programme offers optional modules and when an optional module is available it will be clearly marked. All modules are listed below and you may not be required to complete all of these modules. Most modules are 20 credits or 30 credits and dissertations are 60 credits. Please note that not all optional modules run every year. For further information please email admissions@newman.ac.uk.

Year 1 modules


RESEARCH METHODS IN THE HUMANITIES

MODULE TITLE : RESEARCH METHODS IN THE HUMANITIES

MODULE CODE : HRM701


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will provide students with a critical appreciation and understanding of the different types of research resources, tools and techniques used for masters’ level Humanities Studies. The module is designed to enhance students’ ability to identify and locate resources independently providing them with a detailed knowledge and understanding of resources and tools which are readily available. As well as developing  essential research skills, students will also explore the unstable nature of text, helping them to understand the contingent nature of sources and of the political, social and intellectual context in which they can be interpreted.

 

Students will be required to reflect on their own skills in relation to relevant research skills through the applied tasks set throughout the module: these will be focused on how to systematically develop independent research projects appropriate to Master’s level work. Consideration will be given to different approaches to research design. Although the projects undertaken on the MRes will be text-based, the issues surrounding ethics will be considered and will be broadened to consider the subjective nature of research within the discipline.

 

Students will undertake a series of short tasks, related to their portfolio assessments. These will indicatively include work on: using book / journal resources efficiently; the use of ebooks, ejournals; efficient searching of databases and general internet searches; accessing research including archival research, using research libraries including the British Library, interlibrary loan and SCONUL Access; construction of sophisticated academic arguments; information management; note taking / keeping records; presenting documents as appropriate for academic work, including for publication, and referencing.

 

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 24.00
Independent : 276.00
Placement :
Total :  300.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

  • develop in students a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the range of research resources, tools and techniques used for masters’ level Humanities studies;

  • develop students’ ability to locate, use, analyse and evaluate scholarly and research resources relevant to Humanities research;

  • develop students’ critical abilities in evaluating and applying the methods and processes used in Humanities research, including an understanding of the limits of current methodology and the opportunities to develop originality in the application of knowledge;

  • make students aware of the unstable and variable nature of texts, the contingent nature of sources and the political, social and intellectual contexts in which they can be interpreted;

  • encourage students to develop skills of self-reflection and information management so that they improve their ability to make decisions in relation to complex and often contradictory material, to work efficiently, use IT to help them manage tasks, meet their own deadlines as well as those externally set.

  • explicate the requirements for presenting academic work at this level for assessment and for publication.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  • explore and use a range of research resources, tools and techniques used for masters’ level Humanities studies;

  • locate, use, analyse and evaluate scholarly and research resources relevant to Humanities research;

  • develop their critical abilities in evaluating the methods and processes used in Humanities research, and apply their knowledge in original ways;

  • explore the unstable and variable nature of texts, the contingent nature of sources and the political, social and intellectual contexts in which they can be interpreted;

  • develop skills of self-reflection and information management so that they improve their ability to make decisions in relation to complex and often contradictory material, to work efficiently, use IT to help them manage tasks, meet their own deadlines as well as those externally set.

  • learn and practice the requirements for presenting academic work at this level for assessment and for publication.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Portfolio

COMMUNICATING RESEARCH

COMMUNICATING RESEARCH: details currently unavailable

Year 2 modules


THEORY AND IT'S APPLICATIONS

MODULE TITLE : THEORY AND IT'S APPLICATIONS

MODULE CODE : HRM702


MODULE SUMMARY :

One of two interdisciplinary modules, this module will provide students with the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings to Humanities research to develop the more advanced critical and analytical skills needed for dissertation at level 7. The module introduces students to a range of critical approaches to text, giving them the opportunity to use, discuss, and critique these strategies both verbally and in writing. Student’s will develop skills in self-reflexivity by being encouraged to understand their own preferences and positions in undertaking Humanities research which inflects their analyses and approaches in developing their research interests, questions and findings.

The module will focusing on close readings of work that influenced the poststructuralist move and will introduce discussions concerning the impact of this critique of representation on theories of identity, ideology, meaning, and power.

 

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 24.00
Independent : 276.00
Placement :
Total :  300.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

  • provide students with a broad and detailed understanding of texts, theories, issues and concepts that underlie research methodologies in the Humanities, which are relevant to their own research project, and to understand how their research is informed by and exceeds the forefront of the field in which it is located. 

  • enable students to contextualise and develop their area of expertise in the light of a detailed understanding of the representational function of text in promoting, maintaining or challenging identity, power, meaning and ideology.

  • develop students’ abilities to make independent judgements as they evaluate and critique specific approaches to text.

  • develop students’ self-reflexivity in understanding preference and position in undertaking Humanities research, and how this is inflected by personal perspectives;

  • help students apply skills in critical analysis to enhance their written and verbal communication.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

  • read, evaluate, and critique key texts, theories, and issues that underpin philosophical approaches to Humanities research, to understand how it relates to their own research project;

  • situate their own work in this wider context of theoretical discourse and to understand how their research is informed by and exceeds the forefront of the field in which it is located;

  • further develop critical abilities as they apply specific approaches to their specialist area of research;

  • explicitly understand and articulate their own preferences and positions in undertaking Humanities research, and how this is inflected by personal perspectives;

  • use critical theory to improve analysis of text and argument in essay writing for assessment and publication.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Essay (5000 words)

DISSERTATION

DISSERTATION: details currently unavailable

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