Master in Advanced Research in Humanistic Studies

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Program Description

Up to now, there has been a lack of a specific master's degree that provides future researchers with the training they need to undertake a research career in the Humanities. In this regard, providing specialist scientific training addresses an important social and employment need among the scientific community at both national and international levels.

The Master's Degrees in Advanced University Research in Humanistic Studies provides you with a solid foundation in the methodologies of general and specific scientific research in the ambit of the Humanities. It gives you the theoretical and practical training you need to embark upon a research career by guiding you towards a doctoral program in the Humanities and it gives you the skills and knowledge you need to become a productive member of research projects and groups.

The training program is structured around two specialties:

  • Research into the History of Art.
  • Research into Linguistic and Literary Studies.

The master's degree consists of core subjects that teach the fundamentals of research in the Humanities and other subjects specific to each of the specialties, with a special emphasis on interdisciplinarity, the incorporation of the new technologies into humanistic studies (Digital Humanities) and practical work in advanced research environments.

This master program is totally taught in Catalan (45%), Spanish (45%) and English (10%).

External practices

The Internships subject is compulsory (6 ECTS credits) and consists of two different parts:

  • Internship in an active research group (3 ECTS credits).
  • Interdisciplinary research seminars (3 ECTS credits).

This subject of the master's degree provides students with the first-hand experience in one of the groups or projects conducting research in the Humanities at the URV and the opportunity to actively participate in a research seminar.

Career opportunities

Researcher in Human Sciences, principally in universities and research institutes, institutions, foundations or companies carrying out research in the two specialties of the master's degree.

Admission

The master's degree is aimed at individuals who hold official university bachelor's degrees or diplomas in ambits related to either of the master's two specialties. At the URV, these are primarily, but not exclusively, the following:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Hispanic Language and Literature.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Catalan Language and Literature.
  • Bachelor's Degree in History.
  • Bachelor's Degree in History of Art and Archaeology.

Candidates who wish to apply for the master's degree must demonstrate that they have undergone prior training in the specialty to which they wish to be admitted, or in both specialties if the candidate wishes to pursue a mixed curriculum. Candidates who do not meet this requirement will be evaluated by the Academic Committee of the master's degree, which will decide if the deficiency in their training can be redressed by means of bridging courses. If they decide that it cannot, the student will not be admitted to the master's degree. Candidates with a foreign qualification must demonstrate that they meet the admission requirements during the admissions period.

Selection criteria

Students will be chosen on the basis of the following criteria, independently of the specialty:

  • The degree of affinity between the student's prior training and the master's specialty to which they have applied. The strongest candidates will be those who have been trained in ambits directly related to the specialties offered by the master's degree (Linguistics and Literary Studies, History and History of Art). In the specific case of the URV, these are primarily: Bachelor's Degree in Hispanic Language and Literature, Bachelor's Degree in Catalan Language and Literature, Bachelor's Degree in History, Bachelor's Degree in History of Art and Archaeology. maximum of 4 points.
  • Evaluation of the academic transcript for the official university qualification that allows access to the Master's degree: maximum of 3 points.
  • Complementary training and work experience related to the contents of the master's degree (courses, seminars or other training activities, accredited with the appropriate documentation): maximum of 1 point.
  • Professional and research experience related to the content of the master's degree and study visits abroad: maximum of 1 point.
  • Level of English equivalent to or above B2: maximum of 1 point. In accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, the following scale will be applied: C1= 0.5; C2 = 1.

Applications will be ordered on the basis of the score they obtain. However, in the event that the number of applicants does not exceed the number of places, the selection committee may decide to admit applicants without prioritizing them according to the merits.

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Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

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