Faculty of Arts

Masters-level professional development modules

Alongside the discipline-specific modules offered within your school or department, you will also have the option to take professional development modules offered across the Faculty of Arts.

These modules are designed to help you apply your specialist masters training in a careers context. They will provide you with the professional skills to enhance your employability in a range of possible areas and may also be a useful foundation for a PhD project and an academic career.

Professional development modules permit arts and humanities students to gain practical work experience in a range of subject-relevant environments, including schools. 

Professional Development modules

All students will take one of the following two modules:

Research Methods: The Laboratory of the Arts

This module builds on the research skills that students will have already developed during their undergraduate degrees and on discipline-specific MA modules. The emphasis in this module is both on ensuring students are possessed of a whole range of practical ways to approach research, and on making students think about the nature of their discipline-specific approaches within a context of growing interdisciplinarity. Students will have the chance to consider topics as varied as academic publishing, digital transformations, and the use of illustrations in dissertations. They will also have the opportunity to hear academics from across the Faculty talk about the problems they have confronted and how they overcame them. The module's primary goal is to engender both confidence in dealing with original research, and a recognition of the huge range of approaches that can be used to address research questions.

Arts in Society

The aim of the module is to prepare students for applying their arts MA across society to enhance their careers and to contribute to wider society. It will demonstrate how the arts can be used to transform society, politics and culture but also to enhance the careers of arts and humanities MA students. Students will be able to explore, explain and then detail how their disciplinary skills can impact upon wider issues to emphasise the applicability of the arts and humanities. From the role of the scholar activist to understanding ‘knowledge transfer’ and ‘public engagement’, the module will support the development of professional skills in preparation for careers within academia or across a range of employment sectors. Students will harness the ways in which the arts and humanities enable us to think differently and to innovate. As such, students will be able to work on issues of research, networking, grant-writing and cultural exchange. Students will also learn how to engage, communicate and create. 


Language modules 

Modern Languages, Classical Greek and Latin   

The Language Centre offers modern language modules which will provide you with language training ranging from beginners to more advanced levels. This may be useful for your masters course or a future PhD, and also in seeking employment in professions based overseas or with an international presence in the UK. 

Find out more about module offered in the Language Centre

In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in modules in Classical Greek and Latin offered by the Department of Classics and Archaeology: please consult Dr Lynn Fotheringham if you are interested.



Modules are not currently available via distance learning. 

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example research developments or legislative changes. This list is an example of typical modules that we offer, not a definitive list.


Subsidiary modules

Instead of the modules outlined above, you have the option to take up to 30 credits of modules from a list of masters-level modules offered by different disciplines across the Faculty of Arts. Further details on all of these modules can be found in the online module catalogue. 

The modules listed above are provisional and subject to change. Participation on all the modules depends on them being compatible with the timetable for the modules taken within your department, and with the course syllabus. The modules may also be capped, so (like any subsidiary module) registration on to them cannot be guaranteed. Not all modules are available for all courses.


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