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  • Objectives
    This innovative and flexible programme gives you the opportunity to specialise simultaneously in several areas of English Studies: Modern English Literature, Modern English Language, and Medieval Literature and Language.
  • Entry requirements
    This MA will particularly suit you if you wish to broaden the range of your experiences as an undergraduate without losing the focus and depth which characterises postgraduate study. Students who are keen to pursue a career teaching English in higher education, together with in-service teachers who wish to update their skills, will also find this course particularly useful, as it provides an ideal introduction to the main subject-areas encompassed within English Studies.
  • Academic Title
    MA English Studies
  • Course description
    Key facts

    -The key features of this course include a theoretical grounding in research methodology; one-to-one tuition with expert members of staff; teaching informed by active leading-edge researchers in the field; choice from a wide range of modules and programmes of study tailored to individual needs. 
    -You have the option of completing the taught modules on this course and not undertaking the dissertation for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in English Studies

    Course Content
    You will be required to take two core skills modules chosen from two of the three subject areas: Modern Literature; Modern English Language; Medieval Language and Literature.

    You will also take a further generic ‘Research Management’ module, designed to give you the necessary skills to undertake a major piece of independent research.

    In addition, you will select a further 15 credits from the list of modules in each of your chosen subject areas. The remaining 60 credits may be taken from any area of the course programme.

    Modules currently offered on this course include:

    • Victorian Literature
    • Contemporary Fiction
    • Old Norse
    • Modernism
    • Corpus Analysis
    • Language, Culture and Society
    • Creative Reading

    Please note that all module details are subject to change.

    In consultation with the course convenor, you may choose to write your dissertation on a new topic or you may extend your research into a topic already addressed in assessed work, with the proviso that you must not substantially repeat work that has already been assessed.

    You will be assigned a tutor to supervise your dissertation, which will normally be written up during the summer months, from June to September.

    Course Structure
    This course can be taken over 1 year, full-time (September to September) or part-time over 2 to 3 years.

    The MA consists of taught modules totalling 120 credits (which are taken during the autumn and spring semesters) and a 60-credit dissertation module (undertaken over the summer period).

    Full-time students normally take 60 credits of taught modules in each semester; part-time students normally take 30 credits.

    All taught modules are assessed by written work of between 3,000 words (for a 15 credit module) and 6,000 words (for a 30 credit module), which is set towards the end of the semester in which the module is taught.

    The dissertation module is assessed by written work of 12,000-15,000 words.

    The research management module is assessed by portfolio and presentation.

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