MRes Humanities

This MRes offers you the opportunity to pursue bespoke, research-oriented Masters study across a range of subjects in the Humanities.

We are no longer accepting applications for September 2022 entry from students who require a visa to study in the UK.

Humanities

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MRes, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2022
  • Duration Full-time 12 months; part-time 24 months
  • Mode of study part time, full time
  • Delivery on campus

Overview

The Master of Research in Humanities offers you the opportunity to pursue a bespoke, one-to-one programme of Masters study in a structured, interdisciplinary and research-driven environment. In it, you will undertake an extended piece of research within a programme of study designed together between you and your supervisor(s). The MRes can be pursued for personal or career development, or as a stepping-stone to doctoral study (PhD) and is available across a broad range of disciplines in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities including Communications, Media, and Culture, English literature, Film and cinema, History, Law, Linguistics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Scottish literature. We have particularly strong offerings in the following areas, among others:

  • Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Gothic studies
  • History of the Book / History of Reading
  • Renaissance studies
  • Scottish studies
  • Translation

Staff members who have recently supervised students on the MRes include:

The MRes is a one-year, research-oriented taught course. You’re allocated a supervisor or supervisors, and together you’ll plan a curriculum that reflects your interests and needs. Much of your work is made up of self-directed research, with scheduled supervisory meetings to help guide you, discuss your work and review draft submissions. In addition, however, you will have a wide array of learning opportunities that complement your research, including specialist courses giving you the expertise needed to successfully complete your project.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities welcomes students from all backgrounds, and has a longstanding tradition of supporting innovative, cross-disciplinary and forward-looking projects. Our research student community is international, diverse and plays a key role in the research culture of the Faculty, with staff and students working together on new initiatives. Students in Arts and Humanities can participate in the wider culture of the University through the Institute for Advanced Studies.

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Flexible learning

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

Research overview

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Stirling is a diverse and exciting community of world-leading scholars.  We have particular strengths in the study of bibliography, book history, and publishing, translation, Scottish studies, Renaissance and eighteenth-century studies, and Gothic studies amongst many others.

Find out more about research in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Entry requirements

Academic 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.

A research proposal is required along with your application. It should be a maximum of 1,500 words.

International entry requirements

View the entry requirements for your country.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS Academic or UKVI 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-skill 
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 overall with a minimum of 59 in each sub-skill
  • IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • IBT TOEFL Special Home Edition Test 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • Trinity ISE II Pass overall with a Pass in each sub-skill, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills
  • Aptis (4 skills) CEFR B2 overall and B2 in all sub-skills
  • Duolingo 95 overall with a minimum of 90 in all sub-skills
  • LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator - High Pass overall with minimum 25 in each sub-skill

Last updated: 24 March 2022

You must also check the specific English language requirements for your country.

For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

Pre-sessional English language courses

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

Course details

Studying for the MRes Humanities will allow you to develop your own research agenda from beginning to end in conjunction with your supervisor(s).

The MRes follows two semesters, which run from mid-September to late December, and from January to the end of May. The following summer period is for writing your dissertation.

The course is made up of the following elements:

Research preparation

This module allows you to begin work on a topic of particular significance to you personally – one that is similar to but not identical with your subsequent dissertation. It’s assessed by a written assignment of 5,000 to 6,000 words.

Dissertation preparation

Taken in Semester 2, this module consists in developing the theme and outline for the dissertation itself, which may include:

  • a detailed outline of the proposed argument
  • a literature review or an extended relevant book review
  • a description or proposal for the application of a methodological framework
  • or a combination of the above, depending upon the exact nature or the research in question

You’ll be supervised by the same member of staff whose expertise correlates with the research interest in Module 3. The module will feature a structure of five supervisions and one written assessment. The written assessment will be tailored to your proposed dissertation focus in consultation with the supervisor(s).

Research skills

Our innovative Arts Graduate Training for graduates stretches over both semesters, and enables you to build up a portfolio of skills preparing you for academic and professional life. The portfolio is adaptable to individual experience and requirements, and covers:

    • basic skills - presentation, bibliography, specific research methods, library research
    • employability skills - career development event, broaden language knowledge
    • breadth of knowledge - conference attention, reading participation group, prepare essay of presentation on a topic beyond own research

    You’ll work with your supervisor(s) to select tasks from a menu of activities relevant to your future ambitions and their necessary qualifications.

    Dissertation

    Subject to successful completion of all elements of the assessment in both Semesters 1 and 2, you will embark on an in-depth dissertation exploring the research topic of your choice, as agreed by and with your supervisor(s). Where feasible, you are encouraged to present your theme at an appropriate forum such as a postgraduate conference.

    Modules

    The module information below provides an example of the types of course module you may study. The details listed are for the current academic year (September 2021). Modules and start dates are regularly reviewed and may be subject to change in future years.

    Course Details

    Teaching

    You’ll attend individual supervisory sessions and/or weekly seminars, depending on the pathway you choose. The research skills training will provide opportunities for various different learning environments. In addition, you’re entitled to take existing advanced level (level 10 or 11) tuition in the subject areas concerned and/or, where appropriate, to undertake language tuition at all levels in French, Spanish and Latin or in earlier varieties of English (Old and Middle English). Postgraduate tuition in palaeography and letterpress printing is also available.

    All contributing staff are engaged in on-going research at the forefront of their disciplines, and are the authors of numerous books, articles and studies on a wide range of relevant subjects. Contributing staff also currently hold more than £1.5 million of research funding in their fields, collaborate with leading scholars from Japan to Oxford, and regularly publish with Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and other internationally acclaimed academic publishers.

    You’ll be part of a thriving academic community that includes a rich research culture and seminar programmes of visiting academics and industry speakers.

    Fieldwork

    Fieldwork of any variety will be undertaken as needed and as arranged between you and your supervisor(s). Stirling has a rigorous risk assessment procedure which will ensure your safety during any fieldwork undertaken.

    Assessment

    Assessment is marked on Stirling's 100-point scale and is a made through a series of essays and portfolio activities culminating in a capstone dissertation.

    Classroom hours

    Because of the highly personalised nature of the MRes Humanities, semester timetables will vary considerably from student to student. In an average month, you can expect to:

    • undertake much self-directed research
    • meet with your supervisor(s) a number of times
    • attend some seminars and workshops
    • engage with other postgraduate students formally and informally
    • attend audited lectures or seminars, depending on the activities you undertake as part of our Graduate Training Skills modules

    In the summer months, you will have regular meetings with your dissertation supervisor.

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    Fees and funding

    Fees and costs

      2021/22 2022/23
    Students from the UK£6,600£7,100
    Students from the Republic of Ireland£6,600£7,100
    Overseas (non-EU) students£16,775£17,275
    European Union students£16,775£17,275

    Students from the UK

    Course fees

    Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

    If you need to extend your period of study or repeat study, you will be liable for additional fees.

    If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

    For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

    Students from the Republic of Ireland

    Course fees

    Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

    If you need to extend your period of study or repeat study, you will be liable for additional fees.

    If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

    For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

    European Union students

    EU Postgraduate Scholarship

    Eligible EU students will automatically receive our EU Postgraduate Scholarship, which provides a 40% fee discount on full-time, on-campus postgraduate degrees at the University of Stirling.

    Course fees

    Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

    If you need to extend your period of study, you will be liable for additional fees.

    If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

    For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

    Overseas students (non-EU)

    We offer a range of funding options for overseas students.

    Course fees

    Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

    If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for additional fees.

    If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

    For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

    Postgraduate tuition fee loans

    This course is eligible for a postgraduate tuition fee loan from one of the UK’s governments. See the section, below, for more details.

    Additional costs

    There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

    Scholarships and funding

    Postgraduate tuition fee loans

    Scottish students may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for loans of up to £10,000 to cover tuition fees and associated living costs.

    English students can apply for a loan of up to £11,570 each year as part of the Postgraduate Masters Loan Scheme.

    Welsh students can apply for financial support of up to £18,025 as a combination of grant and loan from Student Finance Wales.

    Northern Irish students can apply for a postgraduate tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 from Student Finance NI.

    Merit scholarships

    The University of Stirling is offering any UK or Republic of Ireland student with a First Class Honours degree (or equivalent) a £2,000 scholarship to study full time on any taught Masters course, or £1,000 for part-time study. Get more information on the scholarships.

    If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances.

    Learn more about available funding opportunities or use our scholarship finder to explore our range of scholarships.

    Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    European Union and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

    Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

    After you graduate

    This postgraduate 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. If academia is not your professional goal, this MRes has a strong interdisciplinary emphasis that will open up a wide range of fascinating and exciting career possibilities. The skills you will develop here become immensely transferable in a market awaiting highly competent and highly innovative thinkers and leaders.

    The Faculty of Arts and Humanities works closely with a wide variety of local and national employers and community organisations. This means students have access to a variety of work-related networks.

    Where are our graduates now?

    Students who have graduated from this course have emerged highly qualified for employment in many areas, including:

    • the public sector
    • the voluntary sector
    • the civil service
    • the foreign office
    • non-governmental organisations
    • international relations
    • primary and secondary teaching
    • journalism
    • publishing
    • the media
    • the arts

    Employability skills

    The MRes Humanities will give you training in critical transferable skills including:

    • textual analysis
    • methodologies of empirical research
    • close reading and deconstruction of discourses
    • the expression of your ideas in coherent writing and argumentation

    We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at university and develop the graduate attributes required by employers. We have a dedicated Faculty Employability and Skills Officer. There's also our Career and Employability Service who work in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the best out of your University experience and are given the right opportunities to make you ready for the world of work.

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