The Arts and Cultural Research MRes is designed to prepare you for a number of career options as a researcher or research-informed practitioner, for example in arts administration, professional creative practice or academia.
Based in a college with wide-ranging arts and humanities provision, the MRes can support a diversity of student projects. In this way, it offers you the freedom to move between interests as your research develops and the chance to explore different career possibilities.
As preparation for a career in higher education, the MRes bridges the gap between BA and PhD. In asking you to think about your academic and/or creative practice as research, it encourages you to consider how your investigations contribute to your field, which is crucial for doctoral study.
The MRes equips you with the skills to construct a research proposal and undertake a research project, with training in areas such as research methods, the literature review, visual methodologies and approaches to creative-practice-based research. The research project is a key feature of the course, giving you the chance to apply your training to a topic of your choice.
The MRes is distinct from most MA courses in its emphasis on research skills and training, and the value of these to your creative and/or academic practice and the wider workplace.
Why study with us?
• An arts and humanities research institution with world-leading research impact in art and design – history, practice and theory
• Opportunity to meet, share ideas and discuss professional practice with staff and students from a variety of disciplines
• Chance to become part of the Centre for Research and Development and benefit from the university's Doctoral College
• Possibility of research funding to support your professional development
• Extra-curricular events, exhibitions, seminars and workshops to supplement and consolidate your independent learning
• Subject-specialist options from the fields of art, design and the humanities
• One-to-one support from a specialist in your chosen field, who will help you to develop and realise your research proposal
Areas of study
Research Skills and Training: Assessed by a 3,000-word research proposal.
Research Ethics: Assessed by a presentation in front of a mock research ethics committee.
Research Project: Assessed by a 20,000-word (or equivalent for creative-practice-based projects) dissertation and viva voce examination.
Students select two options from a wide range of modules delivered across our arts and humanities courses at postgraduate level. These are assessed in a number of ways, for example by oral presentations, essays, annotated bibliographies, research diaries, research presentations, portfolios and critical book reviews.
All students have access to our archives – including the world-class Design Archives and the Screen Archive South East – and our specialist art, design and humanities library, St Peter's House.
Creative-practice-based students also have access to our range of specialist facilities, which include printmaking studios, bookbinding workshops, a forge, and digital design/sound equipment.