MRes Humanities and Social Sciences
An excellent opportunity to join an active research community and develop your career.
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
Now that my MRes journey is nearly over, I just wanted to write some words of gratitude for the support during my MRes studies. Everything possible was done to make our study experience enjoyable and meaningful. I think the course is well structured, well monitored and I strongly recommend the course.
Anna Rybak, MRes graduate
- 1 year full time or 2 years part time (campus-based), 1 year full time or 2 years part time (distance learning). Start: September.
- 2017 entry requirements
- A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a subject relevant to the proposed subject specialism. 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.
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2017/18 entry: full time: £4,700, part time: £1,570 in year 1 and £3,130* in year 2
2017/18 entry: full time: £12,600, part time: £4,200 in year 1 and £8,400* in year 2
2017/18 entry: distance learning: full time: £4,200, part time: £2,100 p/a*
*Fees are subject to annual increase.
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- Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Programme specification
- Programme specification (FT, DL)
Structure & Teaching
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)
The units involve a number of taught sessions which are selected by you and your supervisory team from those available with the Graduate School Development Programme (GSDP) and from Faculty and Department/School subject-specific provision. These will support a route towards further research that synergises with research themes in the Faculty.
You will refine and submit your research proposal as part of the course, but it is important that you know the area of study you intend to research and that we have an appropriate supervisor for you. Please check this list, and draft a 1000-word outline of your proposed research area to accompany your application form.
Facilities & Features
Respected research centres
Portsmouth's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is home to strong clusters of research. These include CEISR, the UK's top centre for research in European Studies (Research Fortnight), and ICJS, one of the UK's largest centres in criminology and criminal justice studies.
The University of Portsmouth Graduate School supports, administers and coordinates training for the MPhil, PhD, and Professional Doctorate programmes. We aim to involve you fully in our research programmes by providing professional training, offering high-quality supervision, and giving you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and to equip you for your future career or further research.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
Budgeting for your studies
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
Other costs to consider
There may be travel costs for placements. These can be in the region of £50 - £1000.
Distance learners may be required to pay for travel, accommodation and subsistence to attend our optional campus induction events, workshops and study days. These may be in the region of £50 - £500. There may be travel costs for optional internships/placements. These will vary depending on the nature of internship/placement and can range from £50 - £1000.
Careers & Opportunities
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.
One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.
We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.
In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.
Benefits of Postgraduate Study
Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.
- Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
- Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
- Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
- Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
- If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.
Online application form
Apply direct using our online form
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