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The MRes in Arts and Humanities is a research preparation degree that offers students the opportunity to undertake advanced studies within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s.

The course is structured around the personal research interests of each student and supported by a bespoke research preparation portfolio and a range of optional modules in areas related to the research. The MRes is available in a wide range of disciplines within the Schools of Arts, English and Languages.

Course Structure

The MRes degree is intended for applicants who already have a clear dissertation project (or equivalent, e.g. composition portfolio, performance, creative writing). In liaison with the supervisors, a plan of work in semester 1 and 2 is agreed and serves as preparation for the project as well as assessed work in its own right. The programme provides students with the opportunity to work closely with a supervisory team to produce a substantial piece of independent research and to develop wide-ranging research skills within disciplinary and interdisciplinary frameworks.

The programme comprises the following elements:

  • A Research Methods module appropriate to your field of study (20 CATS)
  • Two research preparation modules, defined by the supervisors and aiming to equip students with the skills, research tools and background work required for the final dissertation or portfolio (2 x 20 CATS)
  • An optional module drawn from a selection available from within the Faculty (20 CATS)
  • An extended dissertation (25,000 – 30,000 words) or a portfolio of similar scope and depth (100 CATS)

Specific areas of supervision expertise within the Arts include:


  • Post Conflict Theatre
  • Irish Theatre
  • Shakespeare in Performance
  • Adaptation
  • Monodrama
  • Dance Theatre
  • Drama and Medical Humanities
  • British Theatre
  • Applied Drama
  • Theatre Historiography
  • Symbolist Theatre
  • Victorian Theatre and Melodrama

For further information, contact Dr Kurt Taroff ()


  • Modern British literature
  • Irish literature
  • American literature
  • Renaissance literature
  • 17th and 18th-century literature
  • Medieval and later medieval literature
  • Victorian literature
  • Women’s writing
  • Poetry
  • Linguistics and sociolinguistics

For further information, contact Dr Philip McGowan,


  • French linguistics and sociolinguistics
  • 19th-century studies
  • Modernist poetry
  • Proust
  • 20th and 21st-century French literature
  • Autobiography and autofiction
  • Caribbean literature
  • Postcolonial literature and theory
  • Crime fiction
  • Francophone-Chinese writing, art and film
  • Transnational and migration studies
  • Travel Writing
  • Medical Humanities
  • Illness narratives

For further information, contact Dr Rosalind Silvester,


  • Linguistics
  • Lexicography
  • Language and society
  • Irish and Scottish literature and identity
  • Medieval Irish literature and language
  • Historiography
  • Folkloristics and mythology 

For further information, contact Prof Mícheál O'Mainnin,


  • British and Celtic music
  • Canonic composers (eg. Bach, Elgar, Handel, Mozart)
  • Collections development
  • Composition (instrumental, orchestral, electronic)
  • Editing
  • Graphic scoring
  • Historical dance and music theatre
  • Improvisation
  • Manuscript studies
  • Music in Ireland
  • New performance environments
  • Symphonic form

For further information, contact Dr Sarah McCleave,

Sonic Arts

  • Sound Art
  • Improvisation
  • Contemporary Music Performance
  • Composition (instrumental, orchestral, electronic)
  • Socially Engaged Sonic Arts
  • Sound Studies
  • Acoustics and Psychoacoustics
  • Recording and Production
  • Sound Design
  • Physical Modelling
  • Instrument Design
  • Performance Technologies

For further information, contact Professor Pedro Rebelo,


  • Early Modern Spanish literature
  • Spanish Renaissance and Baroque literature and culture
  • 18th-century Spanish literature and culture
  • Spanish Enlightenment
  • 19th-century Spanish literature and culture
  • Surrealism
  • Memoirs and Autobiography
  • Spanish science fiction
  • Modern Latin American Studies
  • Mexican Studies
  • Colonial Latin America
  • Argentine literature and art
  • Poetics
  • Reader response and reception studies
  • Gender studies
  • Eco-criticism

For further information, contact (Sem 1) Dr Gabriel Sanchez,

(Sem 2) Dr Sarah Bowskill,


  • Brazilian cultural studies
  • Digital culture in Brazil/Latin America
  • Contemporary Brazilian film and documentary
  • Postcolonial literatures and film
  • Portuguese-speaking Africa
  • Gender Studies
  • Biography 

Contact - as for Spanish

Learning and Teaching

You will receive one-to-one supervision for the Research Preparation Portfolio modules and for the final dissertation or portfolio. You may have a second supervisor as well as a first supervisor. For the optional modules, you will be taught as a member of a small class. You are encouraged to attend research seminars in your field of study and to be involved in the activities of the Graduate School.


Students will complete a programme of research training defined by the supervisors which will be written up in the research preparation portfolio. This will include work in terms of literature review, detailed information on research methodologies and the wider enhancement of skills and knowledge through engagement with the research environment of the School and Faculty.

Two additional modules will be undertaken (20 CATS each), selected from the portfolio of options available within the Faculty.

The most substantial element of the programme is submission of an extended dissertation or equivalent portfolio of practice-based work (25,000-30,000 words or equivalent scale and scope).

Career Development

The MRes develops practical, analytical and critical research skills, as well as project management capacities, relevant to a variety of professional and intellectual contexts.

Career Prospects

The MRes forms an excellent foundation for doctoral (PhD) work. It is also ideal for students who wish to undertake an independent research project for personal and professional development. It encourages practical, analytical and critical research skills and project management capacities relevant to a variety of professional and intellectual contexts.

Student Experience

The MRes allows great freedom of choice regarding the subject of study and how it is studied. It encourages the student to work independently, as well as having the expertise and guidance of a supervisory team.

How to Apply

Apply using the online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Visit the Arts and Humanities (MRes) page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!





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