The MRes is a one-year research Masters starting in October, incorporating a research project and some taught modules. 

The MRes offers training in project management, research skills, digital and editing skills, or qualitative data analysis, and at the same time provides greater flexibility precisely because the taught components are reduced (compared to a taught Masters) and because the student will work, under supervision, on an extended project based on his or her individual research interest. For these reasons, this degree will appeal to a wide range of students, including those who might already be employed or who are engaged in life-long learning.

The core modules provide a common base of research, generic and technical skills that will aid students in their research projects, while the other two modules (Dissertation; Research Journal and Dissertation Presentation) constitute a strong subject-based pathway that will ensure a grounding in the student’s discipline. The research project will be intensive and the topic and structure will be determined early in the academic year (i.e. in the first half of Semester 1). MRes students will graduate with a portfolio of skills designed to increase their employability, skills that would not normally be available to them in other one-year taught Masters programmes, or in two-year MPhil programmes which are based primarily on a research dissertation and involve little or no coursework.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for the MRes, an applicant will normally have a primary degree at Second Honours level Grade I (or equivalent). A 1,000-word research proposal is required with the application, and this should be developed in consultation with your potential dissertation supervisor. For more information please contact the relevant Department/School. Applications can be submitted online at

Structure and Content

Students take taught modules to the value of 20 credits and complete a research dissertation of approximately 25,000 words to the value of 70 credits.

The 20 credits of taught modules are taken as follows:

PG6004 Getting Started with Graduate Research and Generic Skills (5 credits)
PG6009 Graduate Information Literacy Skills (5 credits) 

PG6016 Research Journal and Presentation Skills

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

Subject Areas

The following Schools/Departments currently offer an MRes:

  • Applied Social Studies
  • Classics
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • English
  • Film and Screen Media
  • Folklore
  • French
  • German
  • Geography
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Italian
  • Modern Irish
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
  • Study of Religions


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