The Master of Research (MRes Arts) is a qualification specifically aimed at makers, designers and thinkers who wish to undertake an independent, critical and creative study within and across the disciplines offered by the university.
Masters of Research
Our Master of Research (MRes Arts) programme aims to develop your research skills and provide good preparation for doctoral study.
We provide an opportunity for individuals from a range of creative and academic backgrounds to gain a critical appreciation of maker cultures to advance innovative research practices in the arts.
1 year (full-time, 45 weeks)
2 years (part-time, 90 weeks)
The MRes Arts offers a unique foundation for innovative research in the arts, media, design and architecture. It asks you to engage in a socially and ethically responsible research practice where making occupies a central part of the research to develop new ways of looking, reading and understanding our interaction with things, the environment and each other. You will follow a programme of study which combines practical and theoretical approaches to making and maker cultures, emphasising the knowledge and skills needed for doctoral study.
You will be supported in developing your own disciplinary, or cross-disciplinary research area by engaging with the diverse expertise across the Arts University Bournemouth. You will develop mastery in the theories, methods and practices of research through independent study and a taught programme of lectures, seminars and workshops offered by researchers and professionals working in the field.
Central to the course is your Independent Research Project, which is developed from your initial proposal submitted as part of your application. The Independent Research Project will combine documentation of practical work, critical reflection and contextualisation into an integrated thesis of 15,000-20,000 words.
On completion of the course, you will have gained intellectual, technical and professional skills which will allow you to conduct high-quality research. This will prepare you for further study at a doctoral level (PhD) or as part of research-led projects in the creative and cultural industries.
As part of the course you will:
Create and take part in current critical practice and debate at the forefront of your discipline.
Gain skills in research, analysis, conceptualisation, argumentation, presentation and complex problem-solving.
Develop confidence for PhD study.
Develop the necessary competence for initiating and managing advanced research projects in the creative and cultural industries.
How to Apply
To apply, you’ll need to complete an application form on our online application portal. You’re required to include a project proposal which outlines your specific area of interest and your focus for investigation, as well as a personal statement which explains your motivation for applying for this programme of study, and any relevant experience or skills. We can only accept candidates with projects which are aligned to our staff expertise.
We aim to interview all applicants who demonstrate the potential to succeed in the course. Interviews are used to assess whether you have the necessary skills and capabilities and whether this programme is appropriate to your interests and aspirations.
Applications are open for 2021 entry.
You can apply from November and there is no set deadline for applications.
It’s worth remembering that overseas applicants who pay the full tuition fees by 1 August will receive a 10% discount.
We encourage you to apply early so that you have time to organise accommodation and to arrange for a visa (if required) before you enrol.
Scholarships and Bursaries for EU & International Students
At AUB we aim to have a diverse student environment with the best creative talent and have a large number of bursaries and scholarships available, ranging from £2,000 to £20,000. These are awarded for every year of your course, giving you financial support throughout your time studying with us. All applicants are automatically considered. Find out more here.
We encourage applications from students with a broad range of qualifications and we welcome students from all educational backgrounds. we will take into account the knowledge and skills that you have developed outside the classroom as well as your previous qualifications.
You will usually have BA (Hons) Degree graded at 2.1 or above, or the equivalent UK or international qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline.
For overseas applicants, we accept a range of English Language qualifications, including the following qualifications for MA and Master of Architecture (MArch) courses:
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) grade C
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade C
Certificate of Attainment in English (London Board) level 5 or 6
IELTS score of 6.5 or above
Pearson PTE score of 54 and over, with a score of 51 in each component.
IELTS, Pearson and TOEFL scores must be less than two years old at the time the course commences to be valid.
We may also accept TOEFL iBT scores of 80 or above for entry to degree courses; however, we would prefer one of the above qualifications.
TOEFL is a test of American English and is not classified as a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for Tier 4 Visa applicants.
Applicants with other than the required academic qualifications will be considered for entry if there is sufficient evidence to indicate that they have the potential to fulfil the objectives of the course of study and to achieve the standard of the final award.
Applications are also welcomed from those with other qualifications or with work experience which demonstrates appropriate knowledge and skills to study at postgraduate level.
*This course is subject to validation and starts in 2020