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

Arts in Society

This module examines the issues and debates that surround curatorial practices in the visual arts. Through historical and contemporary case studies, gallery visits and visiting speakers, students will examine a range of approaches to curating and exhibition making.  The module will be relevant to students with an interest in exhibitions as a medium for the production and dissemination of knowledge, and offers them an opportunity to participate in collaborative projects and to develop an exhibition proposal of their own design.This module is designed to encourage students to think about the broader context of the Arts: to appreciate, evaluate and communicate the value of the Arts beyond the academy. Students will engage with the practices and techniques required to produce advanced research and develop the skills to communicate this research to a variety of audiences.



 Research Methods: The Laboratory of the Arts

This module enhances students’ research skills, to support engagement in high-level research on a disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and transdisciplinary basis. An array of research techniques and methodologies will be critically reviewed and students will develop skills in gathering research insights from a range of sources drawn from across the Faculty.



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: please consult Dr Lynn Fotheringham (Classics) if you are interested.



Modules are not currently available via distance learning.

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.


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.


If you have questions about any of these options, please contact Dr Jonathan Tallant, Head of Postgraduate Teaching, Faculty of Arts

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


Postgraduate courses by department

School of Humanities

All modules are available to students of the following School of Humanities departments.



History of Art



Theology and Religious

School of Cultures Languages and Area Studies

All modules are available to students in selected departments and selected courses within the School of CLAS:


American and Canadian

Modern Languages and Cultures


Comparative Literature


Faculty of Arts

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