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Our MA in Archaeology offers an excellent opportunity to explore current archaeology's many dimensions and themes, and provides ideal preparation for MPhil/PhD research and valuable training for a career in the archaeology and heritage sectors. Read more
Our MA in Archaeology offers an excellent opportunity to explore current archaeology's many dimensions and themes, and provides ideal preparation for MPhil/PhD research and valuable training for a career in the archaeology and heritage sectors.

Why Study Archaeology with us?

Our course provides a thorough grounding in the current archaeological theory and methods, exploring a range of thematic optional modules in archaeology and heritage, leading to the completion of a 16,000-word Research Dissertation.

We offer supervision in a broad range of archaeological and heritage subjects and topics for Britain and neighbouring regions. Our areas of research expertise in Chester include:
- the history and theory of archaeology
- Mesolithic archaeology
- Iron Age and Roman Britain
- early medieval archaeology
- geoarchaeology
- mortuary archaeology
- archaeologies of memory, materiality and material culture
- art and aesthetics
- stone sculpture
- literary heritage.

What will I learn?

You will begin the first term by studying one core 20-credit module that explores research skills for postgraduate study. You will then have the chance to take further optional 20-credit modules in archaeology, heritage or history, and an optional 40-credit Research Project that works to explore a particular issue or approach in archaeology or heritage. The degree culminates in an original Research Dissertation of 80 credits.

How will I be taught?

The principal methods of delivery will be a mixture of lectures, seminars, individual tutorials and field visits to archaeological and heritage sites.

The Research Project and Research Dissertation are taught through regular supervisory meetings, and the Programme Leader will also serve as your Personal Tutor.

Each module runs for 2.5 hours per week across an eight-week period. You will also undertake 35 hours per week of guided independent study.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for the core and optional modules is via written work and other methods equivalent to approximately 4,000 words per 20-credit module. The Research Project is assessed by an 8,000-word report, while your Research Dissertation will be approximately 16,000 words in length.

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Taught at our Parkgate Road Campus in Chester, our Master's in Archaeology and Heritage Practice provides tailored training for a career in archaeological heritage. Read more
Taught at our Parkgate Road Campus in Chester, our Master's in Archaeology and Heritage Practice provides tailored training for a career in archaeological heritage. This course will allow you to investigate and critically appraise how the heritage industry and museums operate and communicate, focusing on archaeological sites and collections in the UK, and using real-life projects.

Focusing on the UK but also appraising wider European and global themes and trends, our course explores how the past is managed and interpreted in contemporary society.

Our focus is on archaeological heritage, enabling you to explore museums and a wide range of other heritage contexts. We utilise field trips to explore case studies from Chester, North Wales, West Midlands and North West England.

You will have the chance to acquire advanced expertise in heritage debates and their current applications. You will also have opportunities to develop your ideas and expertise through a Research Project and a Research Dissertation and have opportunities to work with professional heritage organisations.

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Taught at our Parkgate Road Campus in Chester, our MA in Archaeology of Death and Memory explores the complex history of death and memory from the hunter-gatherer societies of the Palaeolithic to recent times. Read more
Taught at our Parkgate Road Campus in Chester, our MA in Archaeology of Death and Memory explores the complex history of death and memory from the hunter-gatherer societies of the Palaeolithic to recent times. Our course is an exciting, cross-period postgraduate course of global application. It will allow you to study and gain advanced expertise in the study of death, burial and commemoration in the human past, shedding light on debates and concerns of our present day.

The course focuses on archaeology but is unusually cross-disciplinary. You will explore debates that connect archaeology to research themes shared across the humanities and social sciences, including studies of ritual, the body, material culture, memory and mortality. Consequently, this degree will interest those with first degrees in archaeology or history, and also those with backgrounds in other disciplines.

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Taught at our Riverside Campus in Chester, the course aims to enable you to gain the highest level of knowledge, skills and behaviour that will establish you at the forefront of art therapy within a contemporary setting, and is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Read more
Taught at our Riverside Campus in Chester, the course aims to enable you to gain the highest level of knowledge, skills and behaviour that will establish you at the forefront of art therapy within a contemporary setting, and is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The use of art therapy is widely recognised as a discipline that enables expression, beyond words, in a variety of settings, and promotes psychological and emotional well-being. Our course is suitable for those working in health, education, counselling, community and social care settings, as well as for promoting individual personal and professional development.

This Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approved Art Therapy course will enable you, on completion, to practise as an Art Therapist/Art Psychotherapist. The course aims to enable you to gain the highest level of knowledge, skills and behaviour that will establish you at the forefront of art therapy within a contemporary setting.

Art Psychotherapists work with a range of patients and clinical settings. They work with children, adolescents, people with mental illness, people with learning difficulties, the elderly, and people who have experienced trauma – in forensic and community settings.

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Taught at our Warrington Campus, our MA in Broadcast Media is for those students who wish to study both television and radio production. Read more
Taught at our Warrington Campus, our MA in Broadcast Media is for those students who wish to study both television and radio production. In an age of ‘visualising radio’ and convergent media, this course highlights the importance of working ‘cross-platform’ and aims to enable students to develop a range of skills to meet the industry’s needs.

Broadcast Media is taught at the Warrington Campus, which lies between the creative and cultural hubs of Manchester and Liverpool and in close proximity to MediaCityUK.

Our Media students have received a variety of accolades – most recently, The Cat Radio was awarded an I Love Student Radio Award for Best Training Initiative in 2016.

You will be encouraged and supported to make industry connections and undertake work experience. There will also be opportunities to work on ‘live’ briefs and showcase work at the annual Department of Media event.

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Taught at our Riverside Campus in Chester, Creative Practices in Education is an advanced degree course for graduates and a wide range of professionals who want to develop or enhance their skills and knowledge as a creative worker within a professional context. Read more
Taught at our Riverside Campus in Chester, Creative Practices in Education is an advanced degree course for graduates and a wide range of professionals who want to develop or enhance their skills and knowledge as a creative worker within a professional context.

Creative practices are at the core of all professional fields where people are engaged in learning. This includes those working as teachers and lecturers in schools, colleges and universities, but also those working in the arts, health, social care, justice, heritage, sport and leisure and organisations in the public, private and third sector.

This programme offers a rich professional development opportunity for such professionals and to date has included, school teachers , nurses, lecturers, business leaders, FA sports coaches.

Why Study Creative Practices in Education with us?

Having a direct link between practice and theory between the arts, education and the professions is an innovative element of the course. Staffing is combined across academic faculties, providing you with the opportunity to enhance your subject knowledge. The interdisciplinary elements of the course will allow you to draw on expertise in participatory drama and performance, fine art, dance, music, sport and PE and organisational learning within a professional context.

We also host a module at the Tate Liverpool gallery

What will I learn?

You will have the opportunity to pursue practical individual projects, in which you will study the creative process and how work might be documented for dissemination and use in future professional contexts. This may include artistic practice, but also artful inquiry, encouraging investigation and research into an emerging field of work and study.

Your creative practice would not be limited to traditional arts subjects – for example, a humanities teacher or rugby coach could enhance their practice through creative engagement.

How will I be taught?

Workshops, seminars, lectures and specialist facilities across our faculties encourage the exploration of ideas, in a wide variety of practice-based disciplines.

Modules focus on the professional and theoretical contexts of process and/or performance of: drama, fine art, dance, music, and sport and PE, including research methods; they also encourage an interrogation of personal and peer practice. The modules mostly run as weekend schools on Friday evening and all day Saturday.
Contact hours are two hours on Fridays and six and a half hours on Saturdays.

How will I be assessed?

The MA in Creative Practices in Education defines assessment as a process that appraises an individual’s knowledge, understanding, abilities or skills. The course assesses not only academic skills but also other skills and competencies, including developing advanced skills as creative practitioners, performers, performance makers and visual artists.

The range of assessment approaches includes a combination of practical and written assessments. Assessment methods across the MA have been selected to enable students to develop their knowledge and skills of creative professional practice using an appropriate critical and analytical framework within which to situate and evaluate their own concepts and creative and professional practice.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this courses we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please go to: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-visit-opportunities

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus at: http://prospectus.chester.ac.uk/form.php

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Taught at our Parkgate Road Campus in Chester, our MA is a stimulating and rewarding course designed to help you develop the craft of excellent writing, enable you to produce original fiction, and equip you with the knowledge to get it published. Read more
Taught at our Parkgate Road Campus in Chester, our MA is a stimulating and rewarding course designed to help you develop the craft of excellent writing, enable you to produce original fiction, and equip you with the knowledge to get it published.

Why Study Creative Writing: Writing and Publishing Fiction with us?

This distinctive course comprises four modules – Writing Short Fiction for Publication, Writing Novels for Publication, Getting Published, and The Writing Project – which are taught by a team of published writers, scholars, and editors. Their publications include: flash fiction; novels; prose-poetry and short-story anthologies and collections; articles and essays; interviews; student textbooks; and writers’ guides. Two of the teaching team edit Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, which has published stories by students on the MA.

The Parkgate Road Campus library is well stocked with creative writing textbooks and houses the Flash Fiction Special Collection, the world’s largest archive of flash-related books and magazines.

What will I learn?

You will study and try your hand at writing flash fiction, short stories, novellas, and novels. Getting Published looks at the world of fiction publishing. For The Writing Project, you will be able to write a collection of flashes and/or short stories, a novella, or a novel.

How will I be taught?

Typically, Writing Short Fiction for Publication and Writing Novels for Publication are taught by nine weekly two-hour seminars and two-hour workshops; and Getting Published is taught by five weekly two-hour seminars and two-hour workshops. One-to-one tutorials are also available. For The Writing Project (the final module), you will work one-to-one with a supervisor.

The total workload, including reading, preparation, seminars, workshops, tutorials, research, and writing, is approximately 37.5 hours per week.

How will I be assessed?

Modules are assessed by coursework, including essays, a journal, creative pieces, and a 16,000-word writing project. There are no formal exams.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this courses we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please go to: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-visit-opportunities

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus at: http://prospectus.chester.ac.uk/form.php

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Taught at our Kingsway Campus in Chester, this course is intended for practitioners from a range of dance fields and aims to reflect developments in practice-based research and current dance practices in the UK. Read more
Taught at our Kingsway Campus in Chester, this course is intended for practitioners from a range of dance fields and aims to reflect developments in practice-based research and current dance practices in the UK. It is designed for those who wish to deepen and extend their own professional practice and scholarly inquiry in relation to current bodies of knowledge within the widening dance professions.

This course celebrates the dance practitioner across the wider dance community, and aims to weave critical inquiry with creative freedom, thereby building your self-confidence in developing your practice and research in the context of current debates.

The course offers you the opportunity to:
- attend guest workshops, lectures, performance opportunities and seminars
- work alongside professional artists and researchers
- be part of a vibrant interdisciplinary research culture
- work in excellent studio, performance, IT facilities and learning resources.

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The achievement of Chester’s MA in Drama will show that you have proved your professional performance abilities and have also demonstrated exceptional transferable skills of communication, self-confidence, energy and drive – attractive to many employers. Read more
The achievement of Chester’s MA in Drama will show that you have proved your professional performance abilities and have also demonstrated exceptional transferable skills of communication, self-confidence, energy and drive – attractive to many employers.

The philosophical basis of this course is a belief in artistic development through active self-discovery. You will use creative and somatic practices to allow academic thinking through the body as well as verbally. You will be encouraged to find and develop your unique professional performance identity. This may be in contemporary performance art practices or more established forms of theatre.

There is a strong commitment to interdisciplinary work, aided by the interaction you will have with Dance, Popular Music, Fine Art and Design students. The Programme Leader is both a performer and visual artist, and there is expertise in educational theatre work in the Department. Details of all staff specialisms appear on our website at: http://www.chester.ac.uk/departments/performing-arts/staff.

This course is taught at our Kingsway Campus in Chester.

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Assessing and understanding community needs to provide modes of delivery and educational content that improves levels of attainment and life chances, is the structural and thematic rationale of our course. Read more
Assessing and understanding community needs to provide modes of delivery and educational content that improves levels of attainment and life chances, is the structural and thematic rationale of our course. This perspective is developed in two related areas: nationally, motivated by the increasing independence of schools; and internationally, particularly in developing countries, motivated by globalisation.

Why Study Education in Society with us?

Taught at our Riverside Campus in Chester, this course will be delivered through blended learning, with each module designed and delivered by educational specialists. While this allows necessary variation between modules, in terms of specific assessment tasks and forms of knowledge, each blended learning module will have the following common characteristics:
- A clear outline of the module content, form of delivery, and online content, including key research papers and assessment task
- A guide to accessing module content
- A variety of modes of content delivery, including digital materials, such as online seminars and video clips of documentaries
- Routine online support from the module tutor.

What will I learn?

The course draws most of its modules from those that already exist on other current education MA courses within the Faculty. Each of the courses from which the modules are drawn are led and taught by staff with national and international expertise.

Modules from which to choose are varied and taken from courses covering a range of disciplines, including:
- Leadership and management
- Early childhood
- Inclusive practice, dyslexia and autism
- Marginalisation

How will I be taught?

Teaching and assessment takes place in an exciting range of forms, which are designed to stimulate and best support your learning, and include podcasts, presentations, journals, interviews, written assignments, seminars and tutorials.

Contact hours are: 18 hours (20-credit module); 36 hours (40-credit module); or 10 hours (60-credit module). Recommended workload hours are: 182 hours (20-credit module); 364 hours (40-credit module); or 590 hours (60-credit module).

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this courses we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please go to: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-visit-opportunities

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus at: http://prospectus.chester.ac.uk/form.php

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Advanced knowledge of phonetics and syntax coupled with practical application and exploration of English in context – e.g. speech therapy, English in education, discourse analysis – forms the core of our MA course. Read more
Advanced knowledge of phonetics and syntax coupled with practical application and exploration of English in context – e.g. speech therapy, English in education, discourse analysis – forms the core of our MA course.

Why Study English Language and Linguistics with us?

Taught at our Parkgate Road Campus in Chester, our cutting-edge MA course is delivered by a dynamic team of linguists, each with their own research specialisms. Our range of expertise includes corpus linguistics (computer-assisted discourse analysis), acoustic phonetics (useful for speech therapy), cognitive stylistics (how our minds process fictional and non-fictional texts) and critical discourse analysis (e.g. ideology in the media). Students can also explore conflicts and controversies in the discipline and contribute to our online blog.

Our dedicated English Language research space will allow you to undertake data-based projects using some of the latest specialist software (e.g. for acoustic phonetics and corpus linguistic analysis).

What will I learn?

Integral to the course is the advanced study of phonetics/phonology and morphology/syntax at the micro-level, combined with application of knowledge about structures of English in discourse (corpus linguistics, critical discourse analysis, cognitive stylistics) and research methods. These core areas of study are supplemented with options which may include the role of English in education (e.g. phonics and grammar in the classroom), language and identity, language change and speech disorders.

How will I be taught?

In most modules you will attend a lecture and discuss ideas in smaller seminars and workshops.
Full-time MA contact hours are approximately four hours per week with 20 hours per week of additional independent study, during term time. Further contact hours with lecturers are in the form of dissertation supervision and personal tutorials.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are tailored for each module and include exercises in grammar and phonetics/phonology, discourse analysis essays, seminar papers (including presentations), discursive essays, extended data collection and analysis projects, lesson plan and commentary, portfolio, and an extended thesis (dissertation). A successful dissertation is also an essential requirement. There are no exams.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this courses we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please go to: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-visit-opportunities

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus at: http://prospectus.chester.ac.uk/form.php

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Our MA course will allow you to build upon existing historical interests, while also acquiring new expertise in a range of exciting historical topics. Read more
Our MA course will allow you to build upon existing historical interests, while also acquiring new expertise in a range of exciting historical topics.

Why Study History with us?

The MA in History is taught by a range of different historians, all of whom possess expertise in the latest historical theories and approaches. Our academics also have broad chronological and geographical interests, which help to make this both a stimulating and varied course.

You will be able to dip into the history of the Medieval and Early Modern periods or, if you so wish, explore more recent examples of the past. British, wider European and American history also feature prominently in the course, which confirms the Department’s belief in exploring the multiplicity and variety of history.

What will I learn?

You will begin the first term by studying two core modules; one covers advanced historical research skills and the other will introduce you to key approaches to the discipline. In the second term, you will have a choice of three optional modules, which have both a thematic and chronological breadth. Finally, you will also conduct an original Research Dissertation, based on a topic of your choice, subject to the approval of your supervisors (equivalent to four modules).

How will I be taught?

Teaching is flexible, but is primarily based upon lectures, seminars and individual tutorials.

The Research Dissertation is taught through regular meetings with a dedicated research supervisor.
Each module runs for 2.5 hours per week across an eight-week period. You will also undertake 35 hours per week of guided independent study.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for the core and optional modules is via written coursework of approximately 4,000 words, comprising:
- essays
- literature reviews
- reports
- oral presentations.

Your Research Dissertation will be approximately 16,000 words in length.

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Taught at our Warrington Campus, our MA in Media encompasses a range of media and will enable you to understand and develop transferable skills important in an increasingly convergent industry. Read more
Taught at our Warrington Campus, our MA in Media encompasses a range of media and will enable you to understand and develop transferable skills important in an increasingly convergent industry. The course addresses the opportunities and challenges facing the media sector, creative workforce and consumers. Our modules facilitate knowledge and understanding of features prevalent in all media sectors, and how they may respond in light of technological change and issues that have arisen as a result.

Media is taught at Warrington Campus, which is situated between the creative and cultural hubs of Manchester and Liverpool, and in close proximity to MediaCityUK.

Our Department of Media students have received numerous accolades over the years, including Royal Television Society Student Television awards and Student Radio Awards.

There are opportunities to work on 'live' briefs, and there are numerous Department of Media events open to all our Media students, including the annual field trip abroad, with students getting the chance to learn more about the creative industries in a different country.

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Taught at the University Centre Shrewsbury, this course aims to provide you with the opportunity to explore specific military themes in depth, to contribute to the wider academic debate on the relationship between the military and society, and to conduct original research. Read more
Taught at the University Centre Shrewsbury, this course aims to provide you with the opportunity to explore specific military themes in depth, to contribute to the wider academic debate on the relationship between the military and society, and to conduct original research.

In principally addressing the study of British military history, both within the European context and the wider world, the course seeks to explain why wars occur, highlight how warfare has changed through the ages, and to show how the military interacts with wider human society

The County of Shropshire and the town of Shrewsbury have a long association with the British military, and there is a wide range of relevant and accessible source material relating to the study of British military history deposited locally and regionally.

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Taught at our Parkgate Road Campus in Chester, our MA in Modern and Contemporary Fiction is an innovative and stimulating course that explores a rich variety of 20th- and 21st-century fiction. Read more
Taught at our Parkgate Road Campus in Chester, our MA in Modern and Contemporary Fiction is an innovative and stimulating course that explores a rich variety of 20th- and 21st-century fiction.

Why Study Modern and Contemporary Fiction with us?

This distinctive course is taught by a dynamic and experienced team with research strengths in modern and contemporary British, Irish, American, and South African fiction. Department members have published on a wide range of modernist, postmodernist, and postcolonial authors; on genres including science fiction, historical fiction, and crime/detective fiction; and on representations of addiction, terrorism, apartheid, fashion, and the female body. Two of the teaching team edit Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine.

The Parkgate Road Campus library is well stocked with texts on modern and contemporary fiction, and houses the Flash Fiction Special Collection, the world’s largest archive of flash-related books and magazines.

What will I learn?

The course comprises six modules. Shorter Fiction typically covers flash fiction, the short story, and the novella. Novel Histories: Past, Present, Future considers historical fiction, representations of the contemporary, and ‘future histories’ (including utopian/dystopian fiction), while Popular Fictions analyses such ‘genre fictions’ as crime/ detective fiction, science fiction, and the campus novel. Special Author(s)/Topic(s) focuses on an area in which the Department has particular expertise, and Research Methods will equip you to pursue your own interest in the Dissertation.

How will I be taught?

Typically, the first five modules are each taught by nine two-hour seminars. These are distributed over 23 weeks, generally with two two-hour seminars per week. One-to-one tutorials are also available. For the Dissertation, you will work one-to-one with a supervisor.

The total workload (including reading, preparation, seminars, tutorials, research, and writing) is approximately 37.5 hours per week.

How will I be assessed?

Modules are assessed by coursework. The first five modules each have 4,000 words of assessment, followed by the 16,000-word Dissertation. There are no exams.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this courses we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please go to: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-visit-opportunities

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus at: http://prospectus.chester.ac.uk/form.php

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