The MRes is a one-year, stand-alone graduate degree based on coursework and generic training, and a major research project, anchored in the relevant discipline in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. The degree provides the opportunity for students to develop a deeper understanding of their subject by engaging in a sustained research project, while acquiring skills that will serve them in their career development or in continuing with their fourth-level studies.

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 (with respect to a taught Master’s) and because the student will work, under supervision, on an extended project based on his or her individual research interest.

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 (in the first half of Teaching Period 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 Master’s programmes, or in two-year MPhil programmes which are based primarily on a research dissertation and involve little or no coursework.

The MRes is an approved calendared programme of study of 12 months’ duration (full-time) or 24 months (part-time) from registration for the programme in October and involves (a) a research dissertation and (b) taught modules on generic and transferable skills. 

To be considered for registration as an MRes candidate, all applicants (E.U. & non E.U.) will normally have a primary degree at Second Honours level, Grade I or the equivalent.

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.

Students take 15 credits from the following:                                                                                

PG6004 Getting Started with Graduate Research and Generic Skills (5 credits)
PG6009 Graduate Information Literacy 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 Editing Skills for Research Postgraduates in the Humanities and Social Sciences (5)
PG6011 Digital Skills for Research Postgraduates in the Humanities and Social Sciences (5)

plus 75 credits from one of the Disciplines ie. History. Dissertation (70 credits);

and Research Journal and Dissertation Presentation (5 credits).

Link to  

Guidelines regarding the MRes are available at

Enquiries:    Dr. Jason Harris, School of History   +353 (0)21-4903585 

School of History

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