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MRes Culture

Course Description

If you are looking to undertake research in a specific area of humanities, the creative arts, culture, journalism or media, this Masters in Research (MRes) is the ideal postgraduate course.

The MRes is designed for individuals with a clear idea of which direction they want their academic studies to go in by enabling you to study your chosen cultural or creative field in depth and develop the necessary research and study skills.

The MRes is staffed by experts in a range of different disciplines who have extensive experience in research and who are actively engaged in a number of varied research projects.

Course detail

The MRes differs in a number of ways to a taught MA through its emphasis on an in-depth independent study. You will select the subject you want your research to focus on which will determine the name of the award you are working towards. Your research project can take the form of either a solely written dissertation or a combination of writing and practice.

Award titles available include: Creative Practice, Culture, Media, English Literature, History, Film, Linguistics, English Language, Journalism, Applied Arts, Art, Design, and Digital Media.


In the first semester (October - February), you will take the following compulsory module:

• Module 1: Research Methodologies (30 credits)

Over the first two semesters (October - April) you will take:

• Module 2: Research Portfolio (30 credits)

From February, you will work to complete your extended project, which will be handed in by the beginning of September.


Teaching will consist of a mix of scheduled lectures and seminars to the whole group, and one-to-one supervision with your designated supervisor. You will be supported through directed learning and independent study, and will engage in essential reading, research, assignment preparation and completion.

You will benefit from a higher level of close supervision than you would on a taught MA, allowing you to hone and develop your research skills. You will also learn valuable presentation skills, covering not only how to present your research to your peers and at conferences, but also how to present yourself online by developing a compelling research portfolio.


Research Methodologies is assessed by:
• A presentation lasting approximately ten minutes examining different disciplinary and methodological approaches to your study (30%)
• A Research Proposal that contains a detailed description and justification of your proposed research (70%)

Research Portfolio is assessed by:
• A literature/texts review of material supplied by your supervisor (30%)
• A portfolio containing analytical readings of key texts/sources/artefacts relevant to your project that includes material you have generated through your own research (70%)

Extended Project is assessed by either:
• A written dissertation of up to 25,000 words
• If practice-based, a 12,500 written component and an artefact (for example, a film, sculpture, exhibition, installation, online material or other creative or cultural output)depending on what is appropriate to your practice

Careers / Further study

The MRes at UWE Bristol is designed primarily to provide a foundation for further study at doctoral level. It also suited to those wishing to establish or advance their career in the creative and cultural industries.

You will be equipped with a range of transferable skills, including skills in research, communication, presentations, critical analysis, independent study and intellectual rigour all of which will prove invaluable, whether you are looking to pursue further academic study or establish yourself as an expert in your chosen creative or cultural field.

You will have access to career planning and employability support while you are studying with us (and for three years after you graduate) through the University's careers service.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

Visit the MRes Culture page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

You will need:• A good honours degree (minimum 2:1) in the discipline you have chosen or a related subject, or• Equivalent evidence of experience through portfolio work.

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