September 2023

MA Applied Humanities

Master's Degree, Postgraduate, September 2023

Newman Students

This programme takes a fresh approach to MA level provision by combining the academic and critical thinking skills of the traditional humanities Masters with core professional skills and a real-world problem-solving approach.

Your existing subject knowledge, research interests, cultural background and life experiences will inform discussions and to a large extent the course content. You will work independently on projects of your own design as well as in collaboration with other students and/or organisations, creating a network of contacts and developing your professional profile. You will develop core skills and practice transformative thinking and problem-solving in readiness for graduate employment or further academic research.

The programme beings with an introduction to the New Humanities, covering subjects such as new materialism, postcriticism, and posthumanism and considering the varied ways in which the humanities intersects with the environmental, digital and medical spaces. As you progress through the course, you will be trained in how to research effectively at Level 7 and be given opportunities to explore the applications of the humanities to real-world problems and debates.

In addition, you will explore how the knowledge and skills developed through the humanities adapts to professional spaces and, through student-led projects, explore the value of the humanities to various sectors and current issues in theory and practice. Over the course of the programme, you will develop a portfolio of work which showcases your skills as you identify and critically examine debates and offer transformative solutions.

MA Applied Humanities offers ideal preparation for a range of professional careers in business, education, health, law, and media, as well as preparation for further study in HE.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants normally require an undergraduate degree in a related discipline with an overall classification of 2:2 or above, or equivalent. Applicants who do not meet these requirements will also be considered but may be required to attend an interview or to submit a piece of written work as part of the application process.

We welcome applications from a wide sector and all non-standard applications will be carefully considered.

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If you have any questions regarding entry onto this course please contact our friendly and helpful admissions team via our Admissions Enquiry Form

Course Fees

Standard course fee for both full-time and part-time is £6,000 (£1,000 per module for full-time) for 2022

Course fees for September 2023 TBC.

Alumni discounts are available to students who have completed a full UG or PGCE with Newman. For non-Newman graduates, a 10% discount is offered to those enrolling onto a full masters degree programme and who are currently employed by a Newman University partnership school.

Postgraduate Loans

You can apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,222, when enrolling on a full Master’s degree (180 credits), to use as a contribution to the cost of studying and living expenses.

For further information visit the postgraduate loans website.

Additional costs will be primarily for primary and secondary resources (e.g. books) including inter-library loans.

Modules

Semester 1: AHM700 – 2hrs per week online learning for 11 weeks, plus 1 on-campus session. AHM703 – 2hrs per week online learning for 11 weeks, plus 1 on-campus session.

Semester 2: AHM701 – 2hrs per week online learning for 11 weeks, plus 1 on-campus session AHM704 – 2hrs per week online learning for 5 weeks, plus 1 on-campus session and 6 weeks of self-directed project work or placement.

Semester 3: AHM702 – 2hrs per week online learning for 5 weeks, plus 1 on-campus session and 6 weeks of self-directed project work. AHM705 – 2hrs per week online learning for 5 weeks, plus 1 on-campus session and 6 weeks of self-directed project work or placement.

Please be aware that, as with any course, there may be changes to the modules delivered. For information view our Changes to Programmes of Module Changes page.

  1. Semester 1 (1 on-campus study day and 11 weeks online learning, 2 hours per module, per week): This taught module introduces students to advanced aspects of the interdisciplinary Humanities that they may not have encountered at undergraduate level or on subject-specific courses, such as new materialist, postcritical, and posthumanist approaches as well as intersections with environmental, medical and digital spaces.
  2. Semester 1 (1 on-campus study day and 11 weeks online learning, 2 hours per module, per week): This taught module focuses on the further development of students’ transferable skills and the place of Humanities Masters’ level graduates in various sectors and industries. The module begins with identifying individual student aspirations and needs in terms of graduate employability, professional qualifications, or further study in HE. The module also explores the ways in which Humanities graduates offer alternative ways of thinking about and responding to rapidly changing technological and social contexts.
  3. Semester 2: (1 on-campus study day and 11 weeks online learning, 2 hours per module, per week) This taught module will provide students with a range of tools and techniques for Masters’ level research in the Humanities. Students will look to examples of exemplary and creative research methods and implement these techniques in their own idea for a mini-research project.
  4. Semester 2: (1 on-campus study day and 11 weeks online learning, 2 hours per module, per week): This taught module can be approached as a stand-alone module or as the first part of a larger capstone project leading into AHU705: Applied Humanities – Project II. In this module, students will pursue either a research or work-based learning project. In both cases, students will be required to consider the parameters of the project; ethics; audience, stakeholders and/or partners; communication and delivery; outcomes and impact.
  5. Semester 3: (1 on-campus study day, 5 weeks online learning, 6 weeks self-directed, 2 hours per module, per week)  This project module is tailored to suit students’ own areas of interest, in collaboration with one another or an external partner. The taught half of the module will explore the ways Humanities research engages with social, political and environmental issues in the public sphere and how such research can affect policy, industry and culture in creative and innovative ways. In the self-directed section of the module, students will be asked to use their critical thinking skills to explore transformative solutions to industry and/or social issues at both a local and global level.
  6. Semester 3: (1 on-campus study day, 5 weeks online learning, 6 weeks self-directed, 2 hours per module, per week) This project module can be approached as a stand-alone module or as the second part of a larger capstone project leading on from AHU704: Applied Humanities – Project I. Students can decide on their approach as they progress through AHU704. This module is student-led. Students will have articulated in their AHU704 proposals their plans for AHU705 and how it builds on the work and skills already developed in AHU704.

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