This unique course provides postgraduate students with the requisite research skills to enable them to proceed to PhD level


The overall educational aim of the MRes programme in the Faculty of Arts is to provide graduate students with an understanding of research methods, and training in appropriate skills such as communication, self-management and planning, by

• facilitating sustained individual and independent enquiry within a creative, intellectual, and intuitive territory at postgraduate level;

• fostering the development of trans-disciplinary learning, transferable and generic skills for further research and/or for professional employment, as well as life-long learning;

• promoting dedicated pathways towards advanced levels of research and professionalism in the Arts and Humanities.

• ensuring that those students who move on to work as researchers outside the university system will have the skills necessary to meet the needs of the public services, the professions, and of employers generally.

About this course

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The Course comprises four modules worth a total of 180 credits:

CUS828: Research Methods and Skills (20 credits)

CUS829: Research Context (20 credits)

CUS830: Research Development (20 credits)

CUS831: Main Research Project: Dissertation (120 credits)

In addition, you must complete 40 Professional Development Credits

The general educational objectives are that the programme will assist students inter alia to:

• develop expertise in the research process and the role that issues relating to the utility of research play in this process;

• be aware of the means to engage successfully in funded research;

• be familiar with aspects of research management;

• develop relevant communication skills, including oral and written presentation of research findings, report and dissertation writing and preparation of grant applications;

• develop expertise and experience in information handling and retrieval

Each student accepted on this programme is assigned two research supervisors who will

  • oversee the student’s progress with his or her research project
  • agree with the student at the start of the course a regular schedule of meetings that is reviewed on a monthly basis
  • be the student’s primary point of contact in all matters relating the course
  • in consultation with the relevant module co-ordinator, ensure that the student attends an appropriate range of Research Training sessions.

It is common practice for research students in the Faculty to have two supervisors, and the same applies for MRes students. The main reason for this is that supervisors may complement each other’s expertise and experience, and this benefits the student. The first supervisor is usually the person whose interests and experience most closely match your project, and who takes the key role in guiding your studies.


As a full time student, the expectation is that you will work on your project on a daily basis, either on or off campus as agreed with your supervisor. You will be entitled to 40 days holiday per annum.

Part time students are expected to meet with their supervisors on a regular basis, most usually this would be monthly but this is dependent on the project area.

How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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Entry Requirements

You will need to hold a First of Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) in an area relevant to your chosen project to be able to apply.

If you have obtained an undergraduate degree from a non-UK institution, we can advise you on how it compares to the UK system.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants

The minimum requirement for research degree programmes is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. This is the only acceptable certificate for those requiring to obtain a Tier 4 visa.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Careers & opportunities

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How to apply

Ulster University welcomes applications from all sections of the community and from persons with disabilities. It is University policy to assess all applications using academic criteria and on the basis of equality of opportunity and you should be assured that reasonable adjustments will be made should you require them.

Once you have selected your chosen project from the lists available on the Faculty pages, you are advised to make contact with the named supervisor on the project as they will be able to guide you in writing your research proposal.

You should then apply using our online application system: ulster.ac.uk/applyonline

Fees and funding

A number of funded scholarships are available across the University each year for PhD and MRes projects. Applications for studentships will be considered on a competitive basis with regard to the candidate's qualifications, skills, experience and interests.

Sources of funding

Fees (per annum)

Full Time:

Home and EU £4195

Overseas £13760

Part Time:

Home and EU £1490

Home and EU (with External Sponsor paying fees) £2130

Overseas £7840


Dr Andrew Sneddon,

Course Director, MRes

Lecturer in International History

School of English and History

E-mail: a.sneddon@ulster.ac.uk

Phone: +44287012 3352

For more information visit

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences