Postgrad.Cert. Narrative Research

  • Blended
  • 12 months
  • GBP995 per Module (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
University of East London | London, United Kingdom
Narrative research is growing in popularity within academic social science and applied social policy areas. Within cultural studies, too, there are increasing numbers of researchers and students who use narrative analysis.



Other fields where this work is becoming more significant include health studies, computer studies (particularly in the development and theorization of narrative-based games), and biographically-based art work.

Within established social science research MAs, students rarely receive enough specific training to adopt a narrative methodological approach. This absence is even more pronounced within MAs in other areas. Narrative studies are however methodologically and theoretically very diverse, and students require academic experience in the area in order to be able to use them effectively.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Narrative Research is the only distance learning programme in the UK covering this area. Individual courses, covering some of the same ground are available internationally principally in the US, Australia and Scandinavia however, there are no distance learning programmes. This programme therefore offers a unique student opportunity, both nationally and internationally.

  • Topics covered and materials delivered reflect the real needs of narrative researchers
  • Academic support is provided by internationally recognised experts in the field
  • The freedom to continue working while pursuing your studies.
  • Help and guidance from our Distance Learning Advice Team
  • An opportunity for students from a wide range of countries and varied educational contexts to interact and exchange ideas.
  • The flexibility to pay for modules on an individual basis

The Postgraduate Certificate in Narrative Research by distance learning shares a core module with the on campus MA in Narrative Research. Students may therefore transfer to the on campus programme following the successful completion of the Narrative Research module by distance learning. The transfer is done using the Accredited Certificated Learning process. Likewise, students can transfer from the on campus programme to the distance learning programme to undertake the Narrative Force module and complete the Postgraduate Certificate.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January/September
Tuition fee
  • GBP 995 per module (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.


tuition fee per 30 credits.

Start date , January 2017
Credits 60 credits
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode Blended
Educational variant Part-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 12 months
Part-time variant Flexible
Structure Fully structured
Student interaction Online group works/assignments
Attendance No Attendance
Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

Through a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives, the programme will address a number of questions including:

  • How do we decide on a research question in narrative analysis?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of different modes of narrative inquiry?
  • What are the benefits and difficulties of a range of methods of narrative analysis?
  • What are the possibilities and limitations of narrative research for drawing conclusions of theoretical and practical significance?
  • How do people come to see themselves as distinct subjects about whom a story can be told?
  • What role do memory and ideology play in people's accounts of their lives?
  • How do class, ethnicity, gender and other social characteristics shape the stories people tell?
  • What is the relationship between the stories people tell about their lives, and the political framework which forms the context for those stories?
  • How does culture intervene in the way narratives are produced?

Programme structure

The Postgraduate certificate in Narrative Research is comprised of two modules, each of which will take 12-13 weeks to complete,

  • Narrative Research (Semester A)
  • Narrative Force (Semester B)

Both Narrative Research and Narrative Force are available as stand alone modules, which lead to the award of a Postgraduate Associate Certificate. Despite this, we would strongly encourage you to complete Narrative Research before enrolling on Narrative Force, unless you have significant experience of narrative research. Admission directly to Narrative Force is therefore subject to an academic decision regarding suitability and extent of experience.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
180(Grade C)

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Applicants should normally hold a first class or second class honours degree in a relevant field of study such as the humanities or social sciences, however applicants holding an honours degree in a field of study which is not immediately relevant, or who have relevant research or professional experience will be considered.

All applicants with appropriate qualifications will be invited for interview. The interview can take place face to face, via telephone or video conference. Where this is not possible, applicants will be asked to provide detailed written evidence of their interest in Narrative Research and evidence of research, writing or other work of a standard sufficient for successful postgraduate study.

Students that apply to enter stages of the programme may be admitted through normal Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes. Therefore such applicants must be able to demonstrate and evidence that they have the required learning outcomes as listed in the modules for which they are seeking exemption.

Applicants should have basic IT skills and should also be able fulfil the technical requirements of the programme.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Technological Requirements

Access to a PC or Mac with CD drive, 56K modem with Internet access (a broadband connection is strongly recommended), a supported Internet browser, Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or equivalent, and graphics software capable of viewing j-peg files. The PC should be capable of running the standard MS Office suite (or equivalent) for producing word-processed documents, spreadsheets and presentations. You will be expected to spend approximately 5 hours online per week, participating in discussions and accessing additional resources. (You may find it beneficial to spend more time online to investigate more fully any areas that are of particular interest to you.)

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