University of Chester

Programme Specification
Modern Languages MRes
2017 - 2018

Master by Research

Modern Languages

Modern Languages

University of Chester

University of Chester

Chester campus

Postgraduate (MRes)


Classroom / Laboratory,

2 years part-time

6 Years

Bienniel - October




17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Arts and Humanities Modern Languages

No specific benchmark statements exist to cover this award, but the statements for Languages and Related studies and for Area Studies at graduate level have been taken into account.


Modern Languages

Wednesday 27th November 2013

  • To provide graduate students with the opportunity to develop an independent, substantial piece of scholarly research into a field of Modern Languages and Language Area Studies falling within the department's supervisory expertise.
  • To be informed by, and to contribute to, broader academic debates about the methods, approaches and practices that underpin the discipline of Modern languages and Language Area Studies.
  • To provide students with advanced research training appropriate for both Level 7 and doctoral research in the field of Modern Languages and Language Area Studies.
  • To develop students' self-management, planning and communication skills.
  • To prepare fully those students with suitable interests for further postgraduate research at the Master/Doctor of Philosophy level and beyond.


By the end of this programme the student will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the nature and value of the study of modern languages and area studies within their global cultures and within an appreciation of the scholarly study of interaction with society (all modules)
  • Knowledge and understanding of selected themes and issues, examined in their national and global contexts. (all modules)
  • Knowledge and understanding of the range, nature and value of primary and secondary sources, theories and methodologies for the study of modern languages and area studies.  (all modules)


By the end of this programme the student will demonstrate:

  • The ability to read and use theoretical, cultural and creative sources and (where appropriate) other sources both critically and empathetically while addressing content, context and perspective.  (all modules)
  • The capacity to plan, conduct and present a programme of original research.  (all modules)
  • Applied scholarly conventions.  (all modules)

By the end of this programme the student will demonstrate:

  • The skills of the researcher including bibliographical skills, selection and synthesis of primary and secondary sources and the ability to provide original analysis in relation to questions appropriate to the discipline. (all modules)
  • The above key skills within a professional environment or as required for continuing professional development. (all modules)
  • The qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment or further professional development requiring the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility. (all modules)

By the end of this programme the student will demonstrate:

  • Self-discipline and self-direction in their work with others in a reasoned way. (all modules)
  • Effective communication both orally and in writing. (all modules)
  • The use of information technology as and when appropriate. (all modules)
  • Analytical ability and the capacity to consider and solve problems related to the production of a research project. (all modules)
  • Intellectual integrity and maturity, empathy and insight. (all modules)

The MRes is comprised of two compulsory, Level 7 modules:

  • EU7007 Research into Cultural Identities (40 credits)
  • EU7009 Research Dissertation (140 credits)

There are no exit awards within the MRes programme.  

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
EU7007 7 Research into Cultural Identities 40 Comp
EU7009 7 Research Dissertation 140 Comp

MRes (180 credits)
All MRes students complete EU7007 Research into Cultural Identities (40 credits) and EU7009 Research Dissertation (140 credits).

Possession of a good honours degree in any relevant discipline in the fields of Modern Languages and Language Area Studies with additional emphasis placed upon the student's preparedness for study and performance at interview which will inform the selection process. Decisions concerning the allocation of credit, either for admission or advanced standing, will be the responsibility of a Credit Allocation Panel. Credit value will be given for appropriate certificated or experiential learning completed within the previous five years and through which an applicant can demonstrate prior achievement of learning outcomes related to one or more programme modules. A student seeking advanced standing must apply before enrolment.

There is currently no MRes in Modern Languages and Area Studies Benchmark Statement therefore guidance has been taken from the QAA code of practice in regard to the preparation of research degrees and with reference to the benchmark statement for Modern Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies.

Acquisition of core knowledge, themes and debates is achieved through lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, private and online study. The balance of these delivery methods will be tailored appropriately for each module. The focus will be on small-group teaching via seminars, supported by individual tutorials in order to engage students with current debates, methods and discoveries. The Dissertation will be taught by one-to-one tutorial supervision. Meanwhile, all delivery methods and private study will be enhanced via the use of moodle resources and email tutorials.

The core 40 credit module EU7007 is assessed by four assignments. The core 140 credit module EU7009 is assessed by a 28,000-word dissertation.

Module Assessment type Weighting Comments
Year 1      

EU7007 Research into Cultural identities

(40 credits)

  • Online discussion
  • Presentation with abstract and bibliography
  • Draft introduction and literature review 
  • 2,500 word Essay
  • 25%
  • 25%
  • 20%
  • 30%

Set tasks on locating, evaluating and sharing research materials online.

Essay to be submitted at end of year.

EU7009 (140 credits) 28,000 word dissertation 100% Dissertation in English to be submitted at the end of the second year.

On completion of this programme, a successful graduate will have acquired a range of communication and transferable skills (as embraced by both the educational aims of the programme and the programme outcomes - see above) valuable to their current or potential employers. The critical skills students will have acquired and developed will enable them to interpret, analyse and evaluate language and culture in a global context in ways relevant to a range of professional careers. As modern linguists the programmes’ graduates will also be highly competent in a range of professions requiring advanced modern foreign language skills. Graduates will have developed the skills required for the completion of complex projects developed through guided independent study and demonstrating the ability to manage self and time over extended periods and deliver to deadlines. Graduates will have high-level research skills and the ability to apply their knowledge and research findings in a range of contexts. Those graduating from the programmes will also be able to construct and interrogate original ideas and reflect on their own abilities and skills. In the light of these characteristics, graduates will be prepared for further research at Master/Doctor of Philosophy level in terms of both key skills and subject knowledge.

The Department of Modern Languages programmes respect the standard University policies regarding admissions, widening access and participation, equal opportunities and APL, as applied centrally by the University. Consistent with the University's commitment to widening access and participation, the programme conforms to the University's flexible approach and welcomes applications from mature students and from groups normally under-represented in higher education. The University of Chester values the diversity of its student body and aims to provide quality of opportunity in all its activities. All suitably qualified students are welcome on this programme, irrespective of the protected characteristics of age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex. Every effort will be made to accommodate students with specific learning or physical needs and to ensure that all students benefit equally. Each case will be examined individually and the University's Inclusion Plans will provide guidance and support, as appropriate. International students who meet the admissions requirements are welcome and will enrich both the programme and the postgraduate community at the University; support and guidance are provided for international students at the institution, particularly through the International Student Welfare Officer.

Student Support and Guidance

All students are issued with a comprehensive programme handbook and a module handbook at the commencement of each module. Students needing further advice are welcome to consult the Programme Leader (who acts as the Personal Academic Tutor for students on the programme), or the Module Tutor.

Learning Resources

Students have access to the University's open-access IT suite, the main campus library and other academic libraries (via the SCONUL scheme).

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