Humanities and Social Sciences MRes

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UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date
September 2019

Overview

If you work in the social sciences or humanities and want to improve your career prospects or prepare for a PhD, this flexible MRes degree – a postgraduate taught course, featuring a large research project – is the perfect way to achieve your ambitions.

On this course, you'll choose to study within any of the faculty's schools: the School of Education and Sociology (SES), the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics (SLAL) and the School of Area Studies, History, Politics, and Literature (SASHPL).

You'll have the flexibility to choose your learning methods, set your own timetable and specialise in your chosen field. You'll develop your research skills alongside specialist staff, and get a Master's degree without needing to sacrifice your job.

This degree is perfect for progressing your career, and can help you to pursue ambitious new roles, or seek promotion opportunities.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Focus your research interest in the humanities and social sciences field
  • Learn to translate your learning into research, such as submitting peer reviewed publications and presentations
  • Access the University's respected research centres, including CEISR (Centre for European and International Studies Research) and ICJS, one of the UK's largest centres in criminology and criminal justice studies
  • Benefit from the professional training and supervision of our Graduate School
  • Access all the books and material you'll need in our library, along with electronic resources, including thousands of online ejournals and newspapers

Depending on your chosen speciality, you'll graduate from the course with one of the following awards:

  • 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

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Careers and opportunities

You'll graduate from the MRes Humanities and Social Science degree course with knowledge of research methods, training and skills relevant to your current and future employment, and which will aid your future career progression. You can also choose to continue your academic studies with PhD research.

Entry requirements​

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'll 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

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full time: £7,000
  • Part time: £2,330 in year 1 (60 credits) and £4,670 in year 2 (120 credits)
  • Distance learning full time (1 year): £4,625
  • Distance learning part time (2 years): £2,310 per year (subject to annual increase)

International students

  • Full time: £13,900
  • Part time: £4,630 in year 1 (60 credits) and £9,270 in year 2 (120 credits)
  • Distance learning full time (1 year): £4,625
  • Distance learning part time (2 years): £2,310 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. 

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

If you choose to complete this course via distance learning, you'll need to cover the travel, accommodation and subsistence costs for any optional campus based induction events, workshops and study days that you choose to attend.  

You'll need to cover the cost of travel for any of the placements or internships that you take on the course. Depending on the nature of the internship or placement, these costs can be anywhere between £50 – £1,000.

​What you'll study

Units currently being studied

This course is offered on two pathways.

Pathway A: you'll 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'll 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)

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Teaching​

The units involve taught sessions, selected by you and your supervisory team, from those available with the Graduate School Development Programme (GSDP) and from the faculty and department or school. This supports a route towards further research that goes well with research themes in the faculty.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, on Thursdays, Fridays and very occasionally on Saturdays. 

You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends. 

Apply

Apply for this course using our online application form

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply. 
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