Block 1: Thriving as a Researcher
This module aims to equip you with the advanced research skills needed to thrive as a researcher in the arts and humanities, offering a range of theoretical and practical training opportunities. As well as sessions on research methods, you will contribute to workshops in research presentation, writing for publication, teaching and research, and ethical research. Staff-led seminars will be complemented by weekly collaborative, student-led meetings of the cohort in which you will be able to discuss your research with each other.
Poster presentation, 25%. You will present a poster of your research intentions to your cohort.
Essay, 75%. A 4000-word essay in which you will contextualise your own research goals in relation to the methods and issues raised by the course.
Block 2: Applying Methods in Practice
This module provides you with the opportunity to apply the advanced research methods studied as part of the programme to a case study in your chosen subject specialism. The choice of research method(s) and the focus of the case study will be negotiated with your supervisor at the start of the module.
5000-word case study, 100%.
Block 3: Conference Organisation and Presentation
This module is designed to offer you practical experience of event organisation and presentation, alongside the further development of your individual research specialism. It will involve collaborative as well as individual research skills. You will be guided through the necessary training in organising a conference, choosing a topic and delivering a relevant paper. You will be assigned a role, for example as a programme developer, marketing manager or website designer, and will also present a paper at the conference.
Reflective essay, 30%. A 1500-word essay outlining your contribution to the management of the conference.
Block 4: Developing your Project
This module is designed to provide you with experience in designing and writing a research project. This will include addressing whether the project requires ethical approval and support for seeking such approval, where relevant. The aims of the module are to prepare the groundwork for the final dissertation and to enable you to present and receive feedback from your supervisors.
Research proposal, 100%. You will produce a 5000-word extended project proposal for the proposed dissertation topic, with aims and hypotheses, proposed case studies, methodology, primary sources to be consulted, and an annotated bibliography of key secondary texts to be used.
Blocks 5 and 6: Dissertation
The final project will be a sustained piece of writing, amounting to 12,000 words. The piece will draw on research undertaken throughout the year but will provide a new and sustained argument. Your dissertation will demonstrate advanced skills in writing, research, argument construction and presentation as well as self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems.