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Postgraduate Study at Queen’s School of History and Anthropology Entry 2013. Postgraduate Study Options. MA (Master of Arts) – 1 year FT / 2-3 years PT • MRes (Master of Research/Irish Local History) – 1 year FT / 2-3 years PT Graduate Diploma (Social Anthropology/Ethnomusicology)

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    1. Postgraduate Study at Queen’s School of History and Anthropology Entry 2013

    2. Postgraduate Study Options • MA (Master of Arts) – 1 year FT / 2-3 years PT • MRes (Master of Research/Irish Local History) – 1 year FT / 2-3 years PT • Graduate Diploma (Social Anthropology/Ethnomusicology) • – 1 year FT / 2 years PT • PhD (Doctorate of Philosophy) – 3-4 years FT / 6-8 years PT • MPhil (Master of Philosophy) – 2-3 years FT / 4-6 years PT

    3. Why do an MA? • To pursue your personal interests in a subject at a more advanced ‘Masters’ level • Training and flexibility to pursue research interests • To develop your own intellectual and communication skills in a postgraduate research environment • To learn how to solve complex problems by different methods of research and analysis • To distinguish yourself from other jobs-market entrants

    4. Two ways of seeing an MA 1. As an end in itself • To take your undergraduate subject interest to a higher level, leading to a major research dissertation • To obtain a taught postgraduate degree representing a higher level of intellectual achievement than the BA • To acquire a higher level of skills in research, organisation and analysis of complex ideas and information, and in the communication of evidence at length

    5. Two ways of seeing an MA • As an essential stepping stone to a higher research degree (PhD) • Recognised by AHRC and DEL as part of 1+3 model for PhD research training • MA provides essential research skills training for PhD/MPhil projects • MA dissertation as dry run for PhD dissertation

    6. Employment opportunities Our postgraduate students have gone on to find employment in research (both academic and non-academic), archives, museums and other historically-related areas, as well as in teaching and in a wide range of public and private sector work. • A Masters qualification is regarded by many employers as representing a higher degree of intellectual and research- related achievement than a BA degree. • Internship placements are available on some MA programmes to enhance employability profiles PRONI

    7. MA Study Options • Can be studied full-timeover 12 months (September-September) • Can be studiedpart-timeover 31 months (September – May) • Most assessment is by coursework, with a major dissertation • Candidates who pass all taught units but don’t submit or who fail the MA dissertation may be awarded PG Diploma

    8. What we offer • MA Irish History • MA History • MA Social Anthropology • MA Cognition and Culture • MA Irish Studies • MRes (Irish Local History)

    9. Pathway choices within MAs: History • MA Irish History • MA in Modern History: British History; American History Ancient History Medieval and Early-Modern History Religion, Identity and Conflict

    10. MA History Modules in Research Methods and Historiography Subject-specific modules and Historical Documents or Internship 20K word dissertation

    11. Masters by Research in Irish Local History Extended research dissertation of up to 30,000 words Training and support in carrying out a local history research project potentially suitable for publication Particularly suitable for part-time students (classes 6-8pm)

    12. Pathway choices within MA Social Anthropology • Ethnomusicology • New Frontiers • Anthropology of Ireland • Irish Music

    13. Closely linked with research agenda of ICC Modules in: Theory and Methods in Cognition and Culture Evolution and Human Behaviour Social Cognition Cognitive Science of Religion Dissertation (2 modules)  MA Cognition and Culture

    14. MA Irish Studies • Interdisciplinary MA based at the Institute of Irish Studies • Modules available in History, Anthropology, Politics, English, Sociology • 15K word dissertation

    15. How to apply • Application criteria: You must have or be in the process of completing a BA in relevant subject at minimum of 2:i level or equivalent • You will need two academic referees who can comment on your suitability for MA-level study • The applications deadline is 15 February 2013 (but later applications from self-funding applicants are welcomed) • Applications are made via the online portal: • www.qub.ac.uk/home/StudyatQueens//PostgraduateStudents/ApplyingtoQueens/

    16. Fees and funding What does it cost? Fees for 2013–14 will be: Full time (1 year): £4,400 Part-time fees are by module but are roughly equivalent Fees can be paid in instalments There are higher fee rates for non-EU/UK residents

    17. Sources of funding • School funded (MA) Bursaries (3 x fees only – UK/EU residents • International Masters Bursaries (3 x 50% fees – non-UK/EU students only) • 2 Beckett Bursaries (fees only - MA Irish History) • British History MA Bursary (Available to applicants to this pathway on MA Modern History) No separate application needed for funding applications. Application deadline for funding consideration is 15 February.

    18. Why do an MA at QUB? • QUB is one of the 20 research-led ‘Russell Group’ universities in the UK, and one of the leading centres for historical and anthropological research in Ireland • Historical research at QUB was graded 5 (out of 5) by the Research Assessment Exercise in 2001. Ranked in top 20 departments by ‘Research Power’ in 2007 RAE • QUB has particular research strengths in Ethnomusicology and Social Anthropology, Irish history, the history of modern Britain and its empire, in ancient and medieval history, and in the history of the American South, and has specialists in a range of other research fields.. • The School has a large postgraduate body and a lively research and social culture, with numerous historical seminars and conferences.

    19. More information Talk to the relevant Postgraduate MA co-ordinators: • Keith Jeffery (Modern History) • Fearghal McGarry (Irish History) • Olwen Purdue (MRes) • Brian Campbell (Ancient History) • Maruska Svasek (Anthropology / Ethnomusicology) • Dominic Bryan (Irish Studies) • Paulo Sousa (Cognition and Culture) Or to the School PG Administrator, Susan Templeton (s.templeton@qub.ac.uk)

    20. More information School website: www.qub.ac.uk/historyandanthropology QUB Postgraduate webpages: www.qub.ac.uk/postgraduate

    21. The PhD • Doctorate of Philosophy • 3-4 year programme (FT) • 6-8 years PT • Supervision team (2) • Leads to 80,000 word dissertation • PSTP and School training support; TA and internship opportunities

    22. Why do a PhD? • Pursue your scholarly interests to an advanced – professional - level • Essential qualification for entry to academic and related careers • Highly demanding degree which requires ability, focus, discipline • Key transferable skills in advanced research methods, project organisation, and communications • Close working relationship with supervisor • Structured PhD programme (training, teaching, student-led seminars) • For more information on employability, see ‘What do PhDs do?’ On the Vitae website: http://www.vitae.ac.uk/

    23. Why do a PhD at Queen’s? • Research expertise within School: • RAE 2008 graded 60% of research activity by History as world-leading or internationally excellent (4* & 3*), placing History at Queen’s in the top 20 UK HEIs by research weighting • RAE confirmed Queen’s as a world leading centre for Anthropology: 35% of research graded world-leading (4*). Only 2 other UK Anthropology depts performed at this top level. • Large and dynamic research community • Extensive collection of research resources (esp. relating to Irish history and society); large online resources • Unique research institutes of Irish Studies, Cognition & Culture • Research support (office space, computers, travel/conference funds) Cartoon, Hart Mss, QUB Special Collections

    24. Join the debate … Some recent books by QUB PhDs

    25. Fees and funding: PhDs What does it cost? • Fees for 2013–14 will be: • Full-time UK/EU (per year): £3,900 • Part-time fees (per year): £1,950 • Fees can be paid in instalments • Higher fee rates for non-EU/UK residents • PhD funding available 2013 • 3 DEL studentships • 2–3 AHRC studentships (for a Faculty competition)

    26. APPLICATIONS 2012 • All applications should be made via the University Portal at: https://dap.qub.ac.uk/portal/user/u_login.php • Applications for PLACES can be considered up to end July 2013 • Applications for FUNDING must be received by 15 February 2013 (in most cases there is no separate application form – use Portal) • Requirements: FOR MA – attainment of minimum 2:1 degree (CGPA 3.3) or equivalent in discipline by July 2012; academic references; transcript FOR PhD – minimum 2:1 (CGPA 3.3) BA and normally MA pass (or projected pass) in discipline; academic references; transcript; research proposal

    27. Postgraduate Study at Queen’s • An ‘Old’ University (est. 1845) • World class academic reputation: - international recognition for our research (RAE) - student-centred ethos - international links (Beijing, Chennai, Boston, Vanderbilt etc) - member of Russell Group of research-led UK universities • New Library: an investment for the future • Location in heart of Belfast with good travel links to ROI and UK • Modern and affordable student accommodation

    28. For more information on PhDs: • School webpages: For information on postgraduate funding, admission criteria, application process and more . . . . www.qub.ac.uk/historyandanthropology • Talk to postgraduate co-ordinators and potential supervisors • Talk to current PhD students • Talk to School Head of PG Studies, Prof Keith Jeffery (k.jeffery@qub.ac.uk) • Talk to School Postgraduate Administrator, Susan Templeton (s.templeton@qub.ac.uk)