MRes, Postgraduate Certificate
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:
It also offers the opportunity to prepare for a PhD through concentrated research in an interdisciplinary environment.
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.
Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.
Of the many reasons students come to Stirling, such as academic reputation and research standards, one factor is always cited: the outstanding beauty of the University's Stirling campus.
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.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
For more information go to English language requirements
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.
The MRes in Humanities offers two tracks: a bespoke research track, in which students develop, in conjunction with their supervisor(s), their own research agenda from beginning to end; and a specified pathway with a taught element in Semester 1 (in either Hermeneutics, Religion and Politics, or Cultural Representation of Spain and Latin America), which then leads to personalising the respective areas of interest in the remainder of the course.
The programme follows two semesters - which run from mid-September to late December and from January to the end of May - and a summer period for dissertation writing.
The first track of personalised research is composed of the following elements:
The second track of a specified pathway is the same as the first track above, except that it replaces the Semester 1 Research Preparation module with the following:
The content and concerns for each of the pathways are as follows:
You will attend individual supervisory sessions and/or weekly seminars (specified pathway). The research skills training will provide opportunities for various different learning environments, including Divisional and School seminars, Graduate School workshops, off-campus visits, etc. In addition, students are entitled to take existing advanced level (level 10 or 11) tuition in the subject areas concerned and/or to undertake language tuition at all levels in French and Spanish, or in earlier varieties of English (Old and Middle English), if appropriate. Assessment will include essays, reports (which may take the form of written documents, websites or PowerPoint presentations, depending in your particular research interest), and a research skills portfolio that includes personal reflection. At the end of the second semester, you will also give a twenty-minute presentation of your intended dissertation to other postgraduates and staff at the Postgraduate Day event.
1 Required for the MRes in Humanities
A set reading list is applicable only in the Specified Pathway module, and will vary according to each pathway.
Our teaching follows two semesters, which run from mid-September to mid-December, and from January to the end of May, with the dissertation work beginning in the Spring semester and intensifying over the Summer months. Much of your work will be self-directed research, with scheduled supervisory meetings to help guide you, though if you should choose a specified pathway, you will also have a weekly two-hour seminar in the first semester. As the programme is so individual, each student will have a different array of learning opportunities that complement the personal research and specialised pathway, which may include the auditing of other level 10 and 11 courses on offer at Stirling.
The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.
Because of the highly personalised nature of the MRes programme, semester timetables will vary considerably from student to student. But in an average month, you can expect to undertake much self-directed research, meet with your supervisor(s) several times, attend a couple seminars and a workshop or two, engage with other postgraduates formally and informally, and perhaps, depending on the activities you undertake as part of our Graduate Training Skills modules, attend audited lectures or seminars. In the summer months, you will have regular meetings with your dissertation supervisor.
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
You will have access to staff members at Stirling who are world renowned for the specialisms and interdisciplinary approach. For individual subject area staff and expertise, please see the respective sites on the Arts & Humanities website.
In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, around half of the research submitted from the subject areas that now make up the School of Arts and Humanities was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent in quality, with over 10% of that research placed in the highest (world-leading) category. 85% of the assessed research from the Arts and Humanities was judged to be recognised internationally.
Recognising Achievement in Teaching Excellence 2012 – http://stirlingstudentsunion.com/files/rate-booklet-may-12-web.pdf. Teaching staff on the programme have been nominated for a number of RATE awards since they were launched at Stirling, and the Programme Director was the recipient of the University’s first ever RATE Award for Overall Teaching Excellence in 2010-11.
Programme Director, Dr Timothy Fitzgerald
Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Richard Haynes
If an academic career in teaching and research seems like an alluring prospect, this degree will help you to gain the skills for future research work at the doctoral level and give you necessary training in and insight into the research environment of Higher Education. But even if academia is not your professional goal, this MRes or Postgraduate Certificate, with its strong interdisciplinary emphasis, opens up a wide range of fascinating and exciting career possibilities. The skills you will develop here – including close critical analysis of texts and ideas, synthetic thinking that allows you to transfer a set of concepts from one framework or context to another, close reading and dissection of several different discourses, the expression of your ideas in lucid writing and argumentation – become immensely transferable in a market awaiting highly competent and highly innovative thinkers and leaders.
Students who have graduated from this degree have emerged highly qualified for employment in manifold areas, including the public sector, the voluntary sector, the civil service, the foreign office, non-governmental organisations, international relations, primary and secondary teaching, journalism, the civil service and publishing, the media, the arts, and in many other professional fields and positions well-suited to the training and knowledge gained in the programme.
The MRes in Humanities is a research preparation Master’s course 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, and Cultural Representation of Spain and Latin America. It also offers the opportunity to prepare for a PhD through concentrated research in an interdisciplinary environment.
Please choose a start date and study method from the drop-down list below, and click the Apply Now button below to begin the online application process. (Please make sure you have consulted the Postgraduate Study pages on the University website and the Online Application Guidance Notes before continuing).
You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.
The University of Stirling is offering any UK or European Union student with a First Class Honours degree (or equivalent) a £2,000 scholarship to study full-time on any taught Master's course or £1,000 for part-time study. Further information on the scholarships is available here.Scholarship finder