Arts: Architecture MRes

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 1 year   Part-time: 2 years
  • Programme start: September 2020
  • Entry requirements: You'll need 2:1 degree in a relevant subject and are required to submit a sample of written work.
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Module details

Compulsory modules

Research Resources (SOTA701)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To develop skills of independent research, including use of library resources and electronic databases. To identify key primary and secondary resources relevant to the student's field of research. To develop detailed knowledge of existing scholarly debates relevant to the student's field of research.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the use of library resources, electronic databases and other scholarly resources (where appropriate) for purposes of independent research.

(LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate scholarly judgement in the identification of appropriate primary and secondary sources as part of a research project.

(LO3) Students will develop detailed knowledge of existing scholarship, debates and theoretical and/or methodological perspectives in their chosen field of research.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

(S2) Improving own learning/performance - Record-keeping

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures

(S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

(S6) Time and project management - Personal organisation

(S7) Time and project management - Project management

(S8) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S9) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

(S10) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

(S11) Information skills - Record-keeping

(S12) Research skills - All Information skills

(S13) Skills in using technology - Information accessing

(S14) Personal attributes and qualities - Willingness to take responsibility

Feasibility Study (SOTA702)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To produce a preliminary and preparatory essay based on the student's area of research.

To define the scope, methodology and boundaries of the student's research project.

To develop the student's skills of critical writing through the development of a coherent and appropriate academic voice.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate detailed knowledge of and engagement with the existing scholarship within the proposed area of research.

(LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate a coherent methodology appropriate to the area of research.

(LO3) Students will begin to make an original contribution to the area of research through detailed engagement with primary and/or secondary sources as appropriate.

(LO4) Students will strengthen their communication skills in written work through the development of an appropriate and coherent academic voice.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning.

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures.

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation.

(S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – persuading.

(S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills).

(S7) Time and project management - Personal organisation.

(S8) Time and project management - Personal action planning.

(S9) Time and project management - Project planning.

(S10) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis.

(S11) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation.

(S12) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification.

(S13) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking.

(S14) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis.

(S15) Information skills - Critical reading.

(S16) Information skills - Evaluation.

(S17) Research skills - All Information skills.

(S18) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity.

(S19) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc).

(S20) Skills in using technology - Information accessing.

(S21) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative.

Dissertation (SOTA703)
LevelM
Credit level120
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To produce an extended piece of research in an Arts-based subject.

To develop specialist subject knowledge in the student's chosen area of research.

To gain experience of postgraduate-level academic research in the Arts, with a view to possible future progression to doctoral research.

To make an original contribution to knowledge in the field of the Arts.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will acquire detailed specialist knowledge in their chosen field of research and will be able to make an original contribution to knowledge in that field.

(LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of research methodologies in the Arts, as appropriate to the chosen field of research.

(LO3) Students will demonstrate the ability to present original research in a coherent written form, including the use of an appropriate academic voice and accuracy in presentation in referencing.

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures.

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation.

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – persuading.

(S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills).

(S6) Time and project management - Personal organisation.

(S7) Time and project management - Personal action planning.

(S8) Time and project management - Project planning.

(S9) Time and project management - Project management.

(S10) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis.

(S11) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation.

(S12) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification.

(S13) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking.

(S14) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis.

(S15) Information skills - Critical reading.

(S16) Information skills - Evaluation.

(S17) Information skills - Record-keeping.

(S18) Information skills - Information accessing:(Locating relevant information) (Identifying and evaluating information sources).

(S19) Research skills - All Information skills.

(S20) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity.

(S21) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc).

(S22) Skills in using technology - Information accessing.

(S23) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative.

(S24) Personal attributes and qualities - Willingness to take responsibility.

Optional modules

Current Themes in Architectural Research (ARCH411)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
Aims

The module aims to provide an overview of contemporary research areas in the discipline of Architecture. A team of experienced researchers each deliver a lecture on a current research topic with which they are involved. After each lecture students are required to reflect on the content and implications of the material presented.

The overall aim of the module is to make participating students aware of the spectrum of research fields that fall within the architecture discipline, from the Arts through to the Sciences. An important point is for students to appreciate the broader context within which their field of specialist interest (to be picked up later in modules such as the Dissertation/thesis) sits. An additional point it to raise awareness of interdisciplinary potentials.

Learning Outcomes

Students should, by taking this module:

1. Appreciate the broader context of their own particular architectural interests.

2. Gain enhanced knowledge of a research field within the discipline of architecture.

Research Methodology (ARCH481)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module aims to equip the student with the key skills needed to prepare a written dissertation or design thesis at postgraduate level in architecture. With visiting lecturers describing their own research and dissertation preparation and methods; with the overall aim of assisting students to select, define and launch their dissertation/thesis projects.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Setting up and managing a research project.

(LO2) Identifying a topic and understanding the stages of developing and conducting a research project.

(LO3) Using bibliographies, referencing, citations and quotations.

(LO4) Understanding the principles of preparing and performing an effective oral presentation.

(LO5) Understanding the principles of preparing and performing an effective oral presentation.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice.

(S2) Time and project management - Project planning.

(S3) Research skills - All Information skills.

(S4) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative.

(S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking.


Students studying the Architecture pathway must take one of the optional modules listed above.