CNR Graduate Programme, 2016-17


The Postgraduate Associate Certificate programme in Narrative Research at the Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London, is a unique interdisciplinary programme, drawing on social sciences and the humanities to provide graduate-level education in narrative theories and methods. The programme gives students experience in the application of narrative concepts and analysis to particular fields. In addition, the programme develops more general skills of review, criticism, and team and individual research, all within the context of narrative research.


The Associate Certificate can be taken singly or in combination, alongside other UEL Masters’ level modules. The module is suitable for participants from many disciplinary backgrounds. Participants take it as part of Masters programmes, as part of PhD training, as skills development for research in applied and community settings, and in order to expand their methodological range as academic researchers.



Narrative Research: September 2016-January 2017. Distance learning, onsite/ online tutorials, group meetings/skypes, 30 UK Masters credits


This module provides students with an overview of the range of narrative research methodologies. Beginning with an exploration of the meaning of narrative, the module outlines Labovian methods, biographical methods and context-oriented methods. It then considers three key fields of narrative research: oral, personal narratives; written narratives (including autobiographies and letters); visual narratives; digital narratives; and process or activity narratives. Through a range of theoretical perspectives, we shall be attempting to address a number of questions; for instance: How do people come to see themselves as distinct subjects about whom a story can be told? What role do memory, ideology, sense of audience, etc. play in people’s accounts of their lives? How do class, ethnicity, gender and other social characteristics shape the stories people tell? What do we look for when we analyze accounts of people’s lives?


Application deadline: July 1, 2016 (Some late applications now being taken)


For administrative details, please email Sylvie Hudson  

For academic information, please email Corinne Squire, and see and