MRes (Master of Research)

NFQ Level 9, Major Award

The MRes is a full-time programme running over 12 months (or a part-time programme running over 24 months), from the date of first registration for the programme. The programme consists of (a) a major research thesis and (b) taught modules on generic and transferable skills.

To be considered for registration as an MRes candidate, an applicant will normally have a primary degree at Second Class Honours level Grade 1 or equivalent.

Students undertake a total workload equivalent to 90 credits over the 12 month programme (or pro rata part-time), the principal element of which is the completion of a major research thesis of approximately 25,000 words. In parallel, students must undertake and pass taught modules to the value of 20 credits. Students will also undertake work on the research thesis comprising a notional student workload equivalent to 70 credits in one of the following subject areas:

Applied Social Studies
Digital Arts and Humanities
Drama and Theatre Studies
Film and Screen Media
Government and Politics
History of Art
*Mathematical Studies
Modern Irish
Study of Religions

Students take 20 credits as follows:
PG6004 Getting Started with Graduate Research and Generic Skills (5 credits)
1PG6009 Graduate Information Literacy Skills (5 credits)
2PG6016 Research Journal and Presentation Skills (5 credits)

and either
PG6008 Qualitative Data Analysis and Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software for the Social Sciences and Humanities (5 credits)
PG6010 Contemporary Practices in Publishing and Editing (5 credits)
PG6011 Digital Skills for Research Postgraduates in the Humanities and Social Sciences (5 credits)

2 Classics students may take GR6005 Language Topic (5 credits) instead of PG6016.

Students taking English take the following 20 credits:
EN6009 Contemporary Research: Skills, Methods and Strategies (10 credits)
plus one of the following 10 credit modules:
EN6025 Literary and Cultural Modernisms
EN6026 Postmodernism in Literature and Film
EN6027 Romanticism and Modernity
EN6028 Theories of Modernity
EN6029 American Modernities: from Modernism to Postmodernity
EN6047 Irish Culture: Colonial, Postcolonial Transnational
EN6048 Gender and Sexuality
EN6050 Space and Place in Irish Writing and Film
EN6051 Middle English Literature, 1200-1550
EN6052 New Histories of the Book: Theories and Practices of Earlier Writing
EN6053 Old English Literature to c. 1200
EN6054 Renaissance Literature, c. 1500-1700

1, 2 History students may take 10 credits of Latin chosen in consultation with the School of History. Students who take 10 credits of Latin, do not take PG6009 and PG6016.

*Mathematical Studies
Mathematical Studies students take:
PG6004 Getting Started with Graduate Research and Generic Skills (5 credits)
PG6016 Research Journal and Presentation Skills (5 credits)
plus 10 credits from the following:
AM6005 Nonlinear Dynamics (5 credits)
AM6014 Mathematical Modelling for Biological and Environmental Sciences (5 credits)
ED7102 Educational Research Methods (5 credits)
ST6013 Statistics and Data Analysis for Postgraduate Research Students (10 credits)

See also Procedures for Submission and Examination of Research Masters Degrees.

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2019 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules 2018/2019.

Programme Learning Outcomes for MRes (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

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