Taught course

Humanities and Social Sciences (Distance Learning)

Institution
University of Portsmouth · School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
Qualifications
MRes

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a subject relevant to the proposed subject specialism. Please check the course details online for information about subject specialisms that can be supported. You will be asked to write a short research proposal upon receipt of your application. Applicants to the Forensic Investigation area of supervision are subject to interview. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Why take this course?

The Research Master's or MRes is unique because the course content is determined by you, the student. Offering you the opportunity for tailored-learning to meet your academic or professional needs, you get to work with relevant staff to set your own timetable, objectives and deadlines. This highly flexible course consists of a range of subject streams offering the opportunity for in-depth study of a specific area of interest. The opportunities for developing your research skills will equally enhance your professional development.

You can study the MRes as a campus-based or DL course. The DL course is supported by excellent online materials and offers you even more flexibility so that you can can tailor your learning to suit you and your employer. The DL route also allows you to gain a university qualification without taking a career break and provides an opportunity to gain professional recognition.

On the campus-based course, you will spend part of your time in the taught element of your course - covering your chosen subject and training in research methodology - and part in your personalised research project.

You can study within any of the Faculty's schools: the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, the School of Education and Childhood Studies, the School of Languages and Area Studies, or the School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies. The course is run in conjunction with the University Graduate School.

What will I experience?

You will focus your research interest in the humanities and social sciences as you work towards being able to translate your learning into research related outputs (e.g. submission for a peer reviewed publication, peer reviewed research/knowledge transfer grant application, presentations).

What opportunities might it lead to?

The MRes will enable you to acquire research methods training and skills that are relevant to your current and future employment, and that may facilitate the achievement of your further career progression through engagement with continuing professional development activities.

You will graduate from the MRes with an award appropriate to the topics you have researched:

  • MRes African Studies
  • MRes American Studies
  • MRes Applied Linguistics
  • MRes Childhood Studies
  • MRes Communication
  • MRes Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies
  • MRes Development Studies
  • MRes Education
  • MRes European Politics
  • MRes Forensic Investigation
  • MRes Gender Studies
  • MRes History
  • MRes International Relations
  • MRes Literary Studies
  • MRes Politics
  • MRes Public Administration
  • MRes Security Risk Management
  • MRes Security Studies
  • MRes Sociology
  • MRes TESOL
  • MRes Translation

Module Details

This course is offered on two pathways.

Pathway A: you will either focus one third of your time in research training and development and two-thirds of your time in your individual research project

  • Research Preparation and Development (60 credits)
  • Research Project (120 credits)

Pathway B: you will spend half of your time in the taught element of your course, covering your chosen subject specialism training and research training and development, and the other half in your individual research project.

  • Subject Specialism (30 credits)
  • Research Preparation and Development (60 credits)
  • Research Project (90 credits)

Student Destinations

The MRes will enable you to acquire research methods training and skills that are relevant to your current and future employment and potentially facilitate the achievement of your further career progression through engagement with continuing professional development activities.

Fees and funding

UK students
Distance learning full time: £4,500 Distance learning part time: £2,250 p/a* *Fees are subject to annual increase.
International students
Distance learning full time: £4,500 Distance learning part time: £2,250 p/a* *Fees are subject to annual increase.

Qualification and course duration

MRes

distance learning
12/24 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Team
Email
admissions@port.ac.uk
Phone
023 9284 5566