Taught course

Narrative Research (Postgraduate Certificate) by distance learning

University of East London · School of Law and Social Sciences - LSS

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first class or second class honours degree. This degree should be in a relevant field of study. Applicants holding an honours degree in a field of study which is not of obvious relevance may also be considered. Applicants who are not graduates but who have relevant research or professional experience may also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Narrative research is growing in popularity within academic social science and applied social policy areas. Within cultural studies, too, there are increasing numbers of researchers and students who use narrative analysis. Other fields where this work is becoming more significant include health studies, computer studies (particularly in the development and theorization of narratively-based games), and biographically-based art work.

Within established social science research MAs, students rarely receive enough specific training to adopt a narrative methodological approach. This absence is even more pronounced within MAs in other areas. Narrative studies are however methodologically and theoretically very diverse, and students require academic experience in the area in order to be able to use them effectively.

No other distance learning programme exists in the UK covering this area. Internationally, while there are individual courses which cover some of the same ground as some in the proposed programme, in particular in the US, Australia and Scandinavia, distance programmes in the area do not exist. This programme offers a unique student opportunity, both nationally and internationally.

The Postgraduate certificate in Narrative Research is comprised of two modules, each of which will take 12-13 weeks to complete,

Narrative Research (Semester A)
Narrative Force (Semester B)

Both Narrative Research and Narrative Force are available as stand alone modules, which lead to the award of a Postgraduate Associate Certificate. Despite this, we would strongly encourage you to complete Narrative Research before enrolling on Narrative Force, unless you have significant experience of narrative research. Admission directly to Narrative Force is therefore subject to an academic decision regarding suitability and extent of experience.

Information for international students

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 7 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
4 - 8 months

Course contact details

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