Research course

Cultural Studies

University of Nottingham · Cultural Studies

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Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities or social science subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Some prospective masters students already have a clear idea of the area and topic they wish to research. In this case you can effectively lay the ground work for a PhD by doing a masters by research rather than a taught masters.

While this degree is still classed as a research preparation masters, it is assessed solely by dissertation and is taught predominantly via supervision. You attend research training sessions and attend the weekly graduate work-in-progress seminars to which you contribute a paper in semester two. However, you work with a main supervisor and co-supervisor on a pre-agreed research topic. You submit a 30,000-word dissertation at the end of the year which is marked by both an internal and an external examiner with the possibility of a viva to confirm the award.

Since you are expected to complete a piece of research in just one year, the MRes degree requires you to work in areas of faculty expertise and with a practical sense of the resources to which you have ready access.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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