Master's Degree in Humanities and Social Sciences in Greater Manchester in United Kingdom

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In order to successfully obtain a Masters qualification, you will need to obtain a number of credits by passing individual modules. Most taught Masters will have a number of core modules which you must take and pass in order to obtain the qualification. The assessment of research Masters is almost always entirely by a single dissertation module or project.

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MPhil/PhD in English specialisms

University of Bolton
Campus Full time 2 - 7 years August 2017 United Kingdom Bolton

MPhil/PhD-level study is for English graduates, currently without a masters degree or equivalent postgraduate experience, who want to develop their knowledge of a specific area of English studies to a high level of academic achievement. The MPhil/PhD is largely non-taught and your main submission will be a thesis written under the supervision of a member of staff (the director of studies) with expertise in the area chosen... [+]

Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in Greater Manchester in United Kingdom. English specialisms - MPhil / PhD MPhil/PhD-level study is for English graduates, currently without a masters degree or equivalent postgraduate experience, who want to develop their knowledge of a specific area of English studies to a high level of academic achievement. The MPhil/PhD is largely non-taught and your main submission will be a thesis written under the supervision of a member of staff (the director of studies) with expertise in the area chosen. Additional support is available from other internal/external academics. Your thesis will be a piece of original research that makes a significant contribution to scholarly knowledge in your particular field of study. The broad topic to be investigated will be defined by you with more specific details agreed through discussion with the director of studies. Particular areas of expertise in the department are the work of Virginia Woolf, women’s writing in the 19th and 20th centuries, Modernism, children’s literature, and literary and cultural theory. Careers & professional development The course is useful if you wish to become a lecturer in English literature, carry out research in higher education or if you are looking to develop areas of expertise related to your present or intended career outside higher education. Subject overview English staff in the School of Arts, Media and Education value their relationships with students and provide friendly and supportive postgraduate research supervision. During the first 12 to 18 months of the course you will be registered for an MPhil and carry out research towards this end. Assuming satisfactory progress as indicated by a transfer report, you will then transfer to the award of PhD. At the transfer stage you have the option of writing-up for an MPhil only if you wish. Either qualification is awarded subsequent to the production of a thesis and an oral examination. At the start of the course you will be encouraged to broaden your knowledge of research training by attending relevant sessions of the University’s postgraduate training programme and at relevant research seminars hosted by the school. You will be encouraged to participate in the latter and, as a PhD student, you will also be encouraged to disseminate your research more widely, at conferences and in academic journals. Research topics Applications for MPhil/PhD study are considered in the following areas: - Virginia Woolf studies. - Modernism (individual authors; concept of modernism; gendered modernism). - Women’s writing (individual authors of 19th and 20th centuries; theory of women's writing). - Children’s literature, particularly in the following areas: children’s fiction, from 19th century to contemporary authors; popular children’s writers; picture books and graphic novels; literary and cultural theory; conceptions of childhood; children’s film and adaptations. - Literary and cultural theory (especially psychoanalysis, work of Julia Kristeva, Bakhtinian dialogism, reader-response, Foucauldian discourse approaches). Available projects Projects are available in the areas detailed in the 'research topics' section, above. Before submitting a formal application you should contact the postgraduate research degree admissions tutor in English to discuss the area in which you wish to work. A more detailed proposal of a research topic will then be agreed between you and the supervisor(s) as part of the formal application process. [-]

MPhil/PhD in Philosophy specialisms

University of Bolton
Campus Full time 3 - 7 years August 2017 United Kingdom Bolton

The MPhil/PhD in Philosophy is for students who want to embark on a course of sustained study and research at a high level of academic achievement, whether they are looking to support their career development or pursue areas of personal interest. There are four areas of particular expertise within the Philosophy research unit at the University: ancient philosophy, post-Kantian continental philosophy, political philosophy, and philosophy of... [+]

Philosophy specialisms - MPhil / PhD The MPhil/PhD in Philosophy is for students who want to embark on a course of sustained study and research at a high level of academic achievement, whether they are looking to support their career development or pursue areas of personal interest. There are four areas of particular expertise within the Philosophy research unit at the University: ancient philosophy, post-Kantian continental philosophy, political philosophy, and philosophy of religion. Study will consist of research into a specific subject area relevant to your chosen field and will be agreed with your supervisor during the application process. Careers & professional development The study of philosophy at doctorate level will support your career development in academia. Alternatively, you may be interested in further study to fulfil your personal aspirations and interests. You will find teaching staff, in our small and friendly department, are very approachable and extremely supportive of your personal and academic requirements, whatever your goals and ambitions. Subject overview In the 2008 government-led research assessment exercise (RAE), current research in philosophy at the University was recognised as being of international excellence and significance. The Philosophy research unit is part of the School of Arts, Media and Education. Tutors are recognised authorities in their field and all have published numerous books and articles. The unit is small and friendly and teaching staff are relaxed, approachable and very supportive. Research topics Your selected field of study will be in an area in which the Philosophy research unit has acknowledged expertise. The focus of your study will be agreed with your tutor during the process of your application. The particular areas of expertise in which supervision is offered are as follows: - Ancient philosophy – Plato and the Platonic tradition, especially Plotinus; Aristotle and the commentators; Augustine. - Post-Kantian continental philosophy, especially Nietzsche. - American pragmatism and the philosophy of Alasdair MacIntyre. - Political philosophy, especially the interface between politics and economics. - The philosophy of religion, especially positive and negative theology. Available projects Examples of current and recent studies in philosophy at doctorate level are: Porphyry’s concept of abstinence; Simone Weil’s Platonism. [-]

MPhil in Psychology specialisms

University of Bolton
Campus Full time 2 - 4 years August 2017 United Kingdom Bolton

The MPhil Psychology course is aimed at psychology graduates, without a masters degree or equivalent postgraduate experience, who are seeking to develop their knowledge and produce research in a specific area of psychology to a high level of academic achievement. Initially, you will be registered for an MPhil and will carry out research towards this end. Assuming satisfactory progress, as indicated by a transfer report, you will have the option to... [+]

Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in Greater Manchester in United Kingdom. Psychology specialisms - MPhil The MPhil Psychology course is aimed at psychology graduates, without a masters degree or equivalent postgraduate experience, who are seeking to develop their knowledge and produce research in a specific area of psychology to a high level of academic achievement. Initially, you will be registered for an MPhil and will carry out research towards this end. Assuming satisfactory progress, as indicated by a transfer report, you will have the option to request a transfer to the award of PhD. Alternatively you have option of writing-up for an MPhil only if you so wish. Either qualification is awarded subsequent to the production of a thesis and oral examination. Careers & professional development The course is useful for people wishing to become psychology lecturers and researchers in higher education. If you are wishing to develop areas of expertise related to your present or intended career outside higher education, then this course is also designed to fulfil your needs. The University of Bolton has a long standing reputation for working closely with professional bodies, organisations and industry. On completion of your MPhil, you will also become a member of the University's alumni association. You can be a lifelong member of the University's community, able to access careers information and guidance, as well as the University's library and periodicals, and other facilities. Subject overview Psychology staff in the School of Health and Social Sciences value their relationships with students, and provide friendly and supportive postgraduate research supervision. The MPhil course is followed mainly by supervised independent study. You will produce a thesis under the supervision of a member of staff with expertise in the area chosen (the Director of Studies). Additional support is available from other internal/external academics. A programme of related studies that may involve formal taught courses is agreed with the director of studies each year. The broad topic to be investigated is usually determined by you, with more specific details being determined via discussions with the Director of Studies. At the start of the course you will be expected to broaden your research training by participation in sessions on the MSc Psychology ‘Advanced Methods’ module (this does not incur any extra tuition fees). Throughout your period of study, you will be encouraged to present your work to internal audiences via a school seminar series. If you continue your studies to PhD level you will be encouraged to present your work to external academic audiences at relevant conferences and to submit papers to academic journals. Research topics Applications are considered in the following areas (these will vary from time to time as notified on our website): Decision research and economic psychology: particularly, personal and household financial decision making; decision, risk and uncertainty; adaptation to new and unfamiliar currencies; perceptions of price changes and inflation. Computer-related and internet psychology, including individual differences in computer-related behaviour and attitudes, computer-mediated communication, aspects of cyberpsychology and technology-enhanced learning. Cognitive and neuropsychology: particularly, memory and rehabilitation after brain injury; object and word recognition; cognition in the neurologically impaired; cerebral asymmetry, motor programming and hand preference. Theoretical and critical psychology: particularly, psychoanalysis and gender. Applied psychology, focusing on: aspects of mental and physical health and disability; forensic psychology, including risk assessment, offence-related distress, and working with offenders who minimize offence-responsibility. Developmental psychology, especially children’s cognitive and social development and social decision making. Available projects Projects are available in the areas detailed in the 'research topics' section. Before submitting a formal application you should contact the postgraduate research degree admissions tutor in psychology to discuss the area in which you wish to work. A more detailed proposal of a research topic will then be agreed between you and your supervisor(s) as part of the formal application process. [-]

PhD/MPhil in Film and Media Studies specialisms

University of Bolton
Campus Full time 3 - 7 years August 2017 United Kingdom Bolton

The MPhil/PhD in Film and Media Studies is for media graduates who are looking to develop their knowledge of a specific area of film and media studies to a high level of academic achievement. Study at MPhil/PhD level is open to honours graduates as well as those already having a postgraduate degree. The MPhil/PhD is largely non-taught and your main submission will be a thesis written under the supervision of a member of staff (the... [+]

Film and Media Studies specialisms - PhD / MPhil The MPhil/PhD in Film and Media Studies is for media graduates who are looking to develop their knowledge of a specific area of film and media studies to a high level of academic achievement. Study at MPhil/PhD level is open to honours graduates as well as those already having a postgraduate degree. The MPhil/PhD is largely non-taught and your main submission will be a thesis written under the supervision of a member of staff (the Director of Dtudies) with expertise in the area chosen. Additional support is available from other internal/external academics. Your thesis will be a piece of original critical research which makes a significant contribution to scholarly knowledge in the film and media studies field. The broad topic to be investigated will be defined by you with more specific details agreed through discussion with the Director of Studies. Careers & professional development The course is useful if you wish to follow a career path involving advanced scholarly research; for instance, an academic teaching career in the film/media field. Subject overview Staff in the School of Arts, Media and Education value their relationships with students and provide friendly and supportive postgraduate research supervision. They are able to draw upon their own experience of publishing and conference presentation in the field to enhance their support of postgraduate students. Projects recently completed by staff include the publication of a monograph applying Bakhtinian theory to some of the key concepts of film studies. Projects currently underway include Brid Andrews' study into documenting professional practice in the creative industries. During the first 12 to 18 months of the course you will be registered for an MPhil and carry out research towards this qualification. Assuming satisfactory progress as indicated by a transfer report, you will then transfer to the award of PhD. At the transfer stage you have the option of writing-up for an MPhil only if you wish. Either qualification is awarded subsequent to the production of a thesis and oral examination. At the start of the course you will be strongly encouraged to broaden your knowledge of research training by attending relevant sessions of the University’s postgraduate training programme and at relevant research seminars hosted by the school. You will be encouraged to participate in the latter and, as a PhD student, you will also be encouraged to disseminate your research more widely, at conferences and in academic journals. Supervisors can offer advice and encouragement on every stage of research dissemination, from writing proposals to delivering papers at conferences. Research topics Applications for MPhil/PhD study are considered in the following areas: - gender in film/television - classical Hollywood - performance theory - interfaces between theatre/film - psychoanalytic theory and film - late 1960s art cinema - British cinema - authorship in film - industrial history - economic and aesthetic interfaces in film - contemporary Hollywood, particularly the ‘blockbuster’ - Bakhtinian theory - comic book/superhero movies. Available projects Projects currently underway by our research students include a study into the representation of the South Asian/British Asian woman in film and television, and a study into perceptions of threat in recent Hollywood cinema. Projects are available in the areas detailed in the 'research topics' section above. Before submitting a formal application you should contact the postgraduate research degree admissions tutor in film and media studies to discuss the area in which you wish to work. A more detailed proposal of a research topic will then be agreed between you and the supervisor(s) as part of the formal application process. [-]

MEd in Professional Development in Education

University of Bolton
Campus Full time 1 - 5 years August 2017 United Kingdom Bolton

The MEd Professional Development is an advanced and flexible course. It meets the professional development needs of experienced educationalists, in particular the need to be able to engage in informed, sustained and integrated change-focused action based on sound theoretical principles and appropriate and evaluated practices. You have the option to choose from a range of named awards within the MEd Professional Development scheme depending on your... [+]

Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in Greater Manchester in United Kingdom. Professional Development in Education – MEd The MEd Professional Development is an advanced and flexible course. It meets the professional development needs of experienced educationalists, in particular the need to be able to engage in informed, sustained and integrated change-focused action based on sound theoretical principles and appropriate and evaluated practices. You have the option to choose from a range of named awards within the MEd Professional Development scheme depending on your choice of modules and the subject you research during your dissertation. These named awards are: MA Educational Management, MA Inclusive Education, MA E-Learning for Educationalists, MA Technical and Vocational Education and MEd Technical and Vocational Education. If you are interested in one of the named awards you should apply in the first instance for the MEd Professional Development. All advanced courses in education at the University of Bolton focus on clear principles: learners and learning, professional practice in education and training, and quality and excellence in professional development. About the course This exciting and demanding masters course gives you the opportunity to develop a range of in-depth skills which are applicable in a number of management and senior roles in education and learning. You will be taught by educational professionals and assessed using techniques including group and individual projects and assignments, research, presentations, tutorials, reports and essays. At all times the course is relevant and focused, preparing you for additional responsibilities in your current and future career. Special features This course is designed to address real professional development needs. The pathways and modules are flexible, enabling you to decide the route and modules to suit your needs. The University of Bolton has a long-standing and excellent reputation for the teaching of education courses, and professional development in particular. We understand that studying for a masters degree takes commitment and an investment of time, money and effort. You will be taught by experienced educational professionals and receive one-to-one tutor support throughout your postgraduate studies. The University of Bolton has excellent libraries and learning facilities including 24/7 IT facilities and campus-wide WiFi for all students. What you will learn This course enables rigorous academic investigation into education, with the objective of supporting your professional development in the field. At its heart is how, as an educational professional, you put advanced theories into practice. You will learn how to explore educational research and make informed comment on the applicability, relevance and usefulness of theories, concepts, models, methodologies and techniques applied to practice. You will acquire a range of advanced skills and abilities necessary for you to pursue the demands of your chosen programme successfully and apply your skills and learning in the workplace. As a practitioner and a reader you will develop advanced skills in the handling of educational research. You will learn how to apply the knowledge, skills and abilities you gain in your own professional context; enabling you to address areas of concern and any development needs in an informed and justifiable manner. You will learn to evaluate, review and reflect upon your assignment/project work, and identify those areas requiring further development via action planning and target setting as part of the process of personal development planning (PDP). What you will study The MEd Professional Development award requires 180 credits. The Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Development is an exit award and worth 120 credits. The Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development is also an exit award and worth 60 credits. To obtain the MEd Professional Development you will undertake three core modules, three option modules and a dissertation. Core modules (60 credits) Research Awareness and Support Skills (20 credits) or, where more appropriate, Research Methods - Field Studies (20 credits); Organisational Management (20 credits); Curriculum Studies (20 credits). Option modules (60 credits) You will choose a total of three modules from the following. (Note: to receive one of the named awards you must choose two specialist modules from the appropriate group). Stand-alone modules: Work-Based Module A – Developments; Work-Based Module B – Case Study; Educational Finance and Planning. Educational management modules: Human Resource Management; Marketing. E-Learning for educationalists modules: ICT in Education; Computer-supported Collaborative Learning and E-tutoring. Inclusive education modules: The Struggle for Inclusive Education; Transformative Education in an Inclusive Context. Technical and vocational education modules: Research Methods – Field Studies; Vocational Education and Development; The Concept and Implementation of Design and Technology; Competency-based Training in Vocational Education; Staff Development and Appraisal in Vocational Education; Information Technology – the Impact on Technical Education. Dissertation (60 credits) If you are seeking a named MA Award you must undertake a dissertation in a subject consistent with the specialist modules required for that award. For advice please speak to the programme leader. Entry requirements Normally, you should have at least an upper second class (2.1) honours degree and a PGCE (or equivalent). If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). [-]

MRes in Psychology

University of Bolton
Campus Full time 3 - 5 semesters August 2017 United Kingdom Bolton

The MRes Psychology is for psychology graduates who wish to continue their studies to an advanced level and may be considering progression to a doctorate. The main focus of the course is the study of research methods, which will give you an advanced critical appreciation of contemporary methods, theories and issues in psychology and will build upon and enhance the skills you acquired from your undergraduate studies... [+]

Psychology - MRes The MRes Psychology is for psychology graduates who wish to continue their studies to an advanced level and may be considering progression to a doctorate. The main focus of the course is the study of research methods, which will give you an advanced critical appreciation of contemporary methods, theories and issues in psychology and will build upon and enhance the skills you acquired from your undergraduate studies. In advanced research methods modules you will develop in-depth research skills for psychology and apply them to a substantial piece of independent research, ensuring that you apply your knowledge and understanding of appropriate ethical issues. You will develop your intellectual and thinking skills to a very high academic standard, which will be reflected in your studies, in particular your dissertation. About the course The Psychology department at the University of Bolton is one of the oldest and most established psychology departments in the UK with a long history of teaching the subject at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Teaching will be carried out in small groups to encourage interaction and in-depth discussion of ideas and specialist knowledge. There are many opportunities to develop key and transferable skills for example presentation, research and numeracy skills, critical thinking, personal development and self awareness. A variety of innovative teaching and learning methods are employed throughout the degree to ensure the acquisition and development of appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills. Tutors are active researchers within the areas of psychology that are taught and supervised on the degree and are always happy to speak with students and involve them in their research activities. The department operates an effective academic personal tuition system providing support to students at all levels to ensure they achieve at the highest level possible. Graduates are welcome to attend the research seminar programme and become active postgraduates within the University. The department boasts a number of past students who have successfully gained places on clinical and educational psychology programmes or remained at the University to pursue MPhil and PhD research. Special features At MRes stage students have the option of developing their research as part of a research team within the department. The course is flexible with opportunities for independent study. What you will learn You will develop and master a high level of complex specialist knowledge and skills in the field of psychology and you will have the opportunity to use these skills to conduct your research. You will be expected to take responsibility for all aspects of your studies and will apply your knowledge and understanding of appropriate ethical issues in the context of your research. In addition to enhancing your specialist knowledge in the field of psychology, you will enhance your key and transferable skills such as leadership, teamwork, data handling and project management. These skills are developed and practiced using traditional learning and teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops and practicals. Tutors may also introduce techniques which they view as especially suitable in aiding learning in their specialist area. Areas of study are regularly updated to reflect the research activity within the department. What you will study You will study six modules worth 20 credits each and a 60 credit dissertation, a total of 180 credits. You will study four core modules covering advanced methods in psychology. These are: Concepts and Principles of Research Design; Qualitative Inquiry; Quantitative Inquiry 1 – Analysing Multivariate Relationships; Quantitative Inquiry 2 – Advanced Experimental and Non-experimental Techniques. You will also choose two optional modules from the following: Cognitive and Neuropsychological Assessment for Clinical Populations; Psychoanalytic Approaches to Psychotherapy; Psychology of Decision Making; Computing & Cyberpsychology; Current Issues in Developmental Psychology; Current Issues in Cognitive Psychology. Entry requirements You must hold at least an upper second class honours degree (2.1) in psychology that is recognised by the British Psychological Society for the Graduate Basis for Chartership (formerly known as the Graduate Basis for Registration). If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). [-]