School of Humanities and Performing Arts Research Masters (ResM) - further details

You’ll find that the Research Masters (ResM) is similar to the MRes (Master of Research) in many ways but the ways in which it differs may suit your particular circumstances. It is classed as a postgraduate research programme, unlike the MRes which is a postgraduate taught programme.

Who is the ResM suitable for?

Our ResM programmes, like the MRes programmes, are for:

  • people in employment in the cultural and creative industries or recent graduates who wish to proceed to doctoral (PhD) research
  • those in, or who wish to be employed in, the cultural and creative industries (such as publishing, teaching, design, the media, galleries and museums, the heritage industry, journalism, theatre, dance) who wish to gain a self-directed academic qualification to lead to further career enhancement
  • anybody who wishes to further develop academic skills, pursue particular subject enthusiasms, or carry out a cherished research project with specialist guidance.

Features the ResM shares with the MRes

  • Both focus almost entirely on an individual research project of your own choice.
  • Largely self-directed with tutorial guidance and clear milestones and expectations.
  • Both include taught modules (60 credits), that must be passed to develop and evidence your research skills.
  • They are assessed at the same level and valued equally by employers and universities.
  • Both prepare you specifically to be a researcher in the arts and humanities, to do an extended research project within a professional context, or to do a PhD.

What’s different about the ResM?

Because it’s classed as a postgraduate research programme:

  • you’ll follow the same milestones and processes as MPhil/PhD candidates in the Doctoral Training Centre, including annual monitoring, the appointment of examiners, formal acceptance of your proposal by the University, and adherence to research ethics
  • you’ll be able to attend any sessions within the University’s Graduate School Researcher Development Programme
  • you’ll have a supervisory team (Director of Studies plus a second supervisor) assigned once your proposal has been accepted
  • you may have the option to apply to transfer straight into our PhD programme, subject to certain conditions, rather than submitting for a ResM award.

You’ll have the option to study either full or part time (although we generally recommend full-time for international students).

The ResM is available in a wider range of subject areas than the MRes, including some that are not explicitly named.

The final thesis is examined in a different way:

  • There’s a flexible submission date - between 18-24 months full-time or 24-36 months part-time.
  • It’s assessed by an internal examiner, who is not your supervisor, and an external examiner from another institution.
  • You’ll need to attend a viva voce.  This is an oral examination where you’ll discuss your thesis with your examiners. It usually takes place between one to three months following the submission of written elements.
  • You won’t receive a percentage grade for the ResM degree.
  • You may be asked to make corrections to your thesis before being allowed to submit a final electronic version of it and being awarded your degree.
  • The Award title will be a ResM and the certificate will include the title of your thesis, with no grade classification.

For details about the entry requirements, course fees and how to apply, please refer back to the specific ResM information on the programme pages.

Postgraduate loans

You may now be eligible for a government loan of up to £10,000 towards the cost of your masters degree.

The loans will be available for both taught and research masters programmes across all disciplines and subject areas.

Find out more about your eligibility for a postgraduate loan.