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MRes/PGCert in Humanities


Course Description

The MRes in Humanities is a research preparation Master's programme that offers students the opportunity for Master's study within Arts and Humanities, structured according to personal research interests that are either wholly of one's own design or structured through one of three specified pathways:
-Hermeneutics.
-Religion and Politics.
-Cultural Representation of Spain and Latin America.

The MRes can be completed in 1 year (full time) or 2 years (part time). The Postgraduate Certificate can be completed in 9 months (full time) or 21 months (part time). The MRes also offers the opportunity to prepare for a PhD through concentrated research in an interdisciplinary environment.

Course objectives

The MRes offers you the opportunity to pursue a personalised, tailor-made programme of Master’s study in a structured, interdisciplinary, and research-driven environment. Even within the specified pathways, much latitude is provided for your own individual pursuits in each of the areas. The programme is designed to enable you to become a well-trained researcher in a Humanities subject area, showing strong capacity for self-directed work and initiative.

Should you wish to do a PhD, the programme enables you to demonstrate fitness in undertaking doctoral research. But it also qualifies you with specialised expertise at the postgraduate level for a professional career within a wide range of employment areas.

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities has four divisions: Communications, Media and Culture; History and Politics; Literature and Languages; and Law and Philosophy.

The Faculty is home to a research culture characterised by innovative scholarship. We offer an integrated, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment for our diverse postgraduate community.

The quality of our research has led to regular awards from funders, such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, Carnegie Trust and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), Stirling was placed first in Scotland for research impact in Communications, Cultural and Media Studies, and first in Scotland for research publications in Law.

Key information

-Degree type: MRes, Postgraduate Certificate
-Study methods: Part-time, Full-time
-Duration: Full-time, MRes: 12 months, PG Certificate: 9 months Part-time, MRes: 24 months, PG Certificate: 21 months
-Start date: September
-Course Director: Professor Peter Milne

Other admission requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
-IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
-Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
-Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
-Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
-IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements: https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses: http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx

Visit the MRes/PGCert in Humanities page on the University of Stirling website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. See course description for further admission details.

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