Research Methods and Skills HISTART5105

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course enables students to understand key research methods in History of Art. It assists students with identifying and developing research skills required for their postgraduate study.


One 2-hour session per week, consisting of a lecture or (as appropriate) a workshop and/or a blended learning component (research skills development). The blended learning component is delivered online.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





Essay 1 (1000 words) - 20%

Essay 2 (4000 words) - 80%

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ enable students to identify, understand, evaluate and discuss diverse methodological approaches to research in History of Art.

■ engage students in debate and critical reflection on research methods.

■ support students' development and application of advanced research methods in written and other work such as oral and visual presentation.

■ equip students with essential practical skills necessary in advanced primary research and its effective presentation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Evaluate key research methodologies and employ relevant approaches in their own work.

■ Analyse and critique the strengths, weaknesses and potential of diverse research methods in existing research and for their own work.

■ Apply practical skills involved in the practice and presentation of advanced research.

■ Communicate and debate effectively and using correct terminology, in written and oral form, on the methodological issues covered by the course.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.