Narrative Research via Distance Learning

University of East London

Postgraduate Certificate Online
2360 GBP/module
2360 GBP/module
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Human beings are great storytellers, making sense of their experiences by constructing narratives to help them analyse the things which have happened to them or to the world around them. This Narrative Research via Distance Learning programme is offered by University of East London.


Narrative research offers new areas of inquiry and creative solutions to problems in a wide variety of areas.

The University of East London has been a pioneer in the subject, establishing its prestigious international Centre for Narrative Research in 2000. It continues to attract leading academics and researchers from around the world. 

We understand that it is not always possible to make it on to campus to study. Many of our students live overseas, while others have family and work commitments to balance.

So, flexible learning is a key to this course. You will have the option of studying the full Associate PG certificate by distance learning. But, if you can, you are also welcome to attend our on-campus sessions. 

What you'll learn

The Narrative Research via Distance Learning course consists of two core 30-credit master’s-level modules in Narrative Research and Narrative Force – how a story can sometimes have a force or dynamic of its own. 

Through a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives, it addresses key questions which will give you the skills to make decisions about how to conduct narrative research to produce the most meaningful results possible. These questions include:

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? How does culture intervene in the way narratives are produced? 

How do we decide on a research question in narrative analysis? What are the advantages and disadvantages of different modes of narrative inquiry and analysis? 

What are the possibilities and limitations of narrative research for drawing conclusions of theoretical and practical significance?

Your future career

Our distance learning students are based all over the world – from Canada and New Zealand to Sweden and other parts of the UK – and their career paths go in many different directions. 

Some are looking to use narrative research in their current jobs, returning to work with a completely new set of skills which will allow them to apply for more challenging roles within their organisation. 

Others are PhD students or researchers intending to use narrative research in their work and adopt a more creative approach to their current role or research. 

We have wide experience of teaching students from health services or organisations, especially the National Health Service in the UK. Our courses have also attracted people working in variety of industries from the media to public sector bodies and local authorities. 

Using and applying narratives is an expanding area for careers, especially in fields such as academic social science and cultural studies, applied social policy and in the computer industry. 

By working with some of the most experienced narrative research experts in the world – especially through the Centre for Narrative Research – you will finish the course with the knowledge and connections to help you in your current role and open up new career opportunities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Narrative Research

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30 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Minimum 2.2 Honours in a Relevant Subject
  • We would normally expect you to have Grade 4 / C in GCSE English and Maths. All suitable applicants are required to attend an interview.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2360 GBP/module
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  • EU/EEA

    2360 GBP/module
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  • per 30 credits


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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Narrative Research via Distance Learning
University of East London


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