The MRes programme focuses on research and, as such, is broken down into three modules, which focus on research skills, language acquisition, and key moments in the history of modern European culture. This is followed by a dissertation, which is the result of a supervised independent research project undertaken in any area of research which falls within the very wide range of expertise of staff across all of the languages.
Cultural and Gender Studies Research Methodologies (20 Credits)
This module develops the key skills needed to plan, execute and report research. After reviewing approaches to researching the literature and discussing the nature of a current area of research, the key elements of a research protocol are introduced, covering issues such as the nature and role of a hypothesis, experimental design, importance of clear deliverables and the use of project planning charts. In this context the planning of research projects and trials is treated separately and the consequences of poor planning are discussed. Statistical approaches for the analysis of data are introduced, with emphasis on identifying the levels of significance of differences in data. This material is then used as a basis for introducing the critical elements of reporting the results of results. The structure and role of journal papers and research theses are discussed and student’s skills in producing and delivering research focused presentations developed.
Intellectual Subversives: Culture, Counter-Culture and Radical Change, from the Late 18th Century to the Digital Age (20 Credits)
This module will present a broad intellectual framework within which you will be able to locate and better understand your particular area of study, and deepen your understanding of intellectual traditions in Europe while encouraging you to reflect on the impact these continue to have today. The core module draws on the research strengths of the department across all of the languages, and is designed to build on the range of experiences and knowledge base that you will bring to the programme from your previous studies.Your study will progress in chronological order and focus on the emergence of ideas which have shaped the modern world from the 19th century to the 21st: the emergence and acceptance of grand narratives in the Enlightenment and Romanticism; cultural and philosophical assaults on God, science and logocentrism; war and conflict; the politics and aesthetics of the European avant-garde; Postmodern cultural production and ‘cognitive mapping’ in a global age; the neo-avant-garde and the return of ‘the real’; hermeneutics and communication in a digital age, cyberpolitics and surveillance technologies.
Reading a Language (French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish) for Researchers (20 Credits)
This module offers you the opportunity to acquire a good reading knowledge of your chosen language, in order help you pursue your research, with a view towards continuing to PhD level. The aim is to provide you with the ability to read academic texts, representative of the research literature in your area of specialism, with the aid of a dictionary. You will be taught by a mixture of tutor-led and workshop sessions, typically alternating between the two. Tutor-led sessions give instruction on the grammatical and lexical features of the language, based on a progressive reading of the prescribed coursebook. In the workshop sessions, you will do exercises, including translation of texts into English, under the guidance of the tutor. You will be able to work on samples of your own material. There are assessments at the end of each semester.
Academic Writing in Another Language (French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish) (20 Credits)
This module will provide you with specific subject and discipline-focussed training in academic writing in their main language of study. You will be assigned a tutor who will give advice and supervise your work as you carry out your independent research with the aim of writing an academic article in your chosen language. You will be expected to:
- Conduct a literature review of key journals in your chosen language
- Write a proposal for an academic paper on a subject of your choice
- Research and write a 5,000-word article following the publication conventions appropriate to a specific journal
Your individual supervisions, to be conducted in the foreign language, will provide support in:
- Identifying key journals
- Choosing a subject for your article
- Working with a style sheet
- Developing an academic writing style
Dissertation (120 Credits)
Building on the skills and understanding built in the taught modules, this module is deigned to deepen your understanding of intellectual traditions in Europe, and to reflect on the impact these continue to have in their own field today.
The research topic for your dissertation is chosen by you. Throughout the year, you will be have regular supervision with a tutor who will offer help and guidance in the writing of the dissertation.
This will result in the completion of a 20,000 word thesis.