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The MRes is ideal if:
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The MRes is a substantial piece of original work and can be ideal for people with highly focussed interests but limited time. It can also be an advantage when applying for PhD funding as it demonstrates research skills and ability.
This is a companion to the Art History MRes. The requirements and supervision arrangements are the same but the title of your final degree is different.
As well as researching and writing your dissertation you will take a taught module that develops your research and interdisciplinary skills. The balance of work is:
You will research and write a 35,000 word dissertation.
You'll agree the subject with your supervisor who will provide full support and regular reviews.
You'll select one from the following list of modules.
We will help you to apply your arts MA across society to enhance your career and contribute to wider society.
We'll demonstrate how the arts can be used to:
You'll be able to explore, explain and then detail how your 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’, you'll develop professional skills in preparation for a career within academia or across a range of sectors.
This module is worth 20 credits.
This module has been developed to introduce you to a range of research techniques and methodologies. It will also help you develop a variety of valuable transferable skills for your future career.
You will achieve:
We build on the research skills you have already developed during both your undergraduate degree and discipline-specific MA modules. The emphasis is on:
You will have the chance to consider topics as varied as:
You will also have the opportunity to hear academics from across the Faculty talk about the problems they have confronted and how they overcame them.
Mastering the Arts introductory video
An introduction to some of the key research skills required to become a more effective researcher and successfully complete your MRes.
You'll also develop a range of transferable professional skills - from writing and presentation to public engagement and project management.
You will also engage with key methdological concepts and debates within the arts and humaniities.
This module runs in the Autumn semester and is worth 20 credits.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
2:1 (or international equivalent) in art history or a related subject.
We accept a wide range of qualifications from all over the world.
For information on entry requirements from your country, see our country pages.
As well as IELTS (listed above), we also accept other English language qualifications.
This includes TOEFL iBT, Pearson PTE, GCSE, IB and O level English.
If you need support to meet the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional English course. Presessional courses teach you academic skills in addition to English language. Our Centre for English Language Education is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.
If you successfully complete your presessional course to the required level, you can then progress to your degree course. This means that you won't need to retake IELTS or equivalent.
For on-campus presessional English courses, you must take IELTS for UKVI to meet visa regulations. For online presessional courses, see our CELE webpages for guidance.
We recognise that applicants have a variety of experiences and follow different pathways to postgraduate study.
We treat all applicants with alternative qualifications on an individual basis. We may also consider relevant work experience.
If you are unsure whether your qualifications or work experience are relevant, contact us.
We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They will be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area.
If you're not sure how your research might fit into our existing programme contact our postgraduate admissions tutor Dr Mark Rawlinson who'll be happy to discuss.
Most students start the course in September but December and February starts are also possible.
Our step-by-step guide contains everything you need to know about applying for postgraduate research.
UK fees are set in line with the national UKRI maximum fee limit. We expect fees for 2022 entry to be confirmed in February 2022.
If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you will pay international tuition fees in most cases. If you are resident in the UK and have 'settled' or 'pre-settled' status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you will be entitled to 'home' fee status.
Irish students will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be eligible for 'home' fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.
For further guidance, check our information for applicants from the EU.
These fees are for full-time study. If you are studying part-time, you will be charged a proportion of this fee each year (subject to inflation).
Optional field trips may require you to pay for your own travel and entrance fees.
There are many ways to fund your research degree, from scholarships to government loans.
Check our guide to find out more about funding your postgraduate degree.
These regular seminars allow you to broaden your knowledge of the subject and gain a better sense of how research develops as part of an interactive process. In particular you can:
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Get involved in our student-led curatorial group and gain valuable practical experience in leadership, design, curatorship, marketing and promotion, networking and project management.
You can make full use of the Language Centre facilities for both research-specific learning and personal interest.
The Researcher Academy is the network for researchers, and staff who support them. We work together to promote a healthy research culture, to cultivate researcher excellence, and develop creative partnerships that enable researchers to flourish.
Postgraduate researchers at Nottingham have access to our online Members’ area, which includes a wealth of resources, access to training courses and award-winning postgraduate placements.
Our graduate centres are dedicated community spaces on campus for postgraduates.
Each space has areas for:
You will have access to a range of support services, including:
Our Students' Union represents all students. You can join the Postgraduate Students’ Network or contact the dedicated Postgraduate Officer.
There are also a range of support networks, including groups for:
SU Advice provides free, independent and confidential advice on issues such as accommodation, financial and academic difficulties.
Technology: MyNottingham app; full campus wi-fi; personal laptop repair; online, face-to-face and telephone support.
Libraries: extensive print and online resources; 24/7 opening; study support; laptop loans; assistive technology
Manuscripts and Special Collections: rare and specialised documents, books, photos and posters used for teaching and research. Collections include Soviet War posters, DH Lawrence, rare medical records and much, much more!
The Centre is involved with all aspects of contemporary art and visual culture. Its activities reflect the research interests of staff and students in the department.
Students attend regular seminars and symposia hosted by CRVC. Our latest seminar series "Re-writing history? Monuments, iconoclasm, and social justice movements in 2020" provided a snapshot of the long history of monuments, protest and oppression and explored the historical significance of this moment.
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We have close links with a range of galleries and studio spaces. Examples include:
University Park Campus covers 300 acres, with green spaces, wildlife, period buildings and modern facilities. It is one of the UK's most beautiful and sustainable campuses, winning a national Green Flag award every year since 2003.
Most schools and departments are based here. You will have access to libraries, shops, cafes, the Students’ Union, sports village and a health centre.
You can walk or cycle around campus. Free hopper buses connect you to our other campuses. Nottingham city centre is 15 minutes away by public bus or tram.
Whether you are considering a career in academia, industry or haven't yet decided, we’re here to support you every step of the way.
Expert staff will work with you to explore PhD career options and apply for vacancies, develop your interview skills and meet employers. You can book a one-to-one appointment, take an online course or attend a workshop.
International students who complete an eligible degree programme in the UK on a student visa can apply to stay and work in the UK after their course under the Graduate immigration route. Eligible courses at the University of Nottingham include bachelors, masters and research degrees, and PGCE courses.
Typically, our students are in great demand for their extensive knowledge and skills.
Recent destinations include:
Galleries, museums, collections
The average annual salary for postgraduates from the School of Humanities was £25,563*
*HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.
We are ranked 8th in the UK for research power (2014). The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system used by UK higher education funding bodies to assess research quality in universities.
This content was last updated on 31 August 2021. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.