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  • Objectives
    long been in the forefront of research and teaching in the interface between language, literature and culture. This innovative and flexible web-based MA in English Studies provides an exciting opportunity to specialise simultaneously in several areas of English Studies: Modern English Literature, Modern English Language, Drama and Medieval Literature and Language. It will introduce students to the multidisciplinary dimensions of English Studies and provide advanced knowledge of the current state of scholarship. Students on the programme will develop advanced research skills, have the opportunity to explore a range of specialist topics and construct individual programmes of study according to interests. Students who study the MA by Web-based distance learning study use the full resources of the internet and combine it with personal tutoring and supervision. The programme offers these students depth of study or accelerated study as required and a high level of flexibility in terms of study patterns. The course is available by web-based distance learning anywhere in the world regardless of time-zone differences, 365 days a year.
  • Academic Title
    MA English Studies (Web based Distance Learning)
  • Course description
    Key facts

    -The MA courses by web-based distance learning build on the international reputation of School of English Studies at Nottingham as one of the foremost centres for research in the world. 
    -The course is taught using a course tool software called WebCT. It is also supported by extensive online resources, course materials and teaching.
    -As well as completing this course at a pace that suits you and your other commitments, you have the flexibility to study towards a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or an MA (180 credits, including dissertation) or even on a ‘pay per module’ basis

    Course Content

    The School of English Studies at Nottingham has long been in the forefront of research and teaching in the interface between language, literature and culture.

    This innovative and flexible web-based MA in English Studies provides an exciting opportunity to specialise simultaneously in several areas of English Studies: Modern English Literature, Modern English Language, Drama and Medieval Literature and Language. It will introduce students to the multidisciplinary dimensions of English Studies and provide advanced knowledge of the current state of scholarship. Students on the programme will develop advanced research skills, have the opportunity to explore a range of specialist topics and construct individual programmes of study according to interests. Many of the modules on this course are optional and currently cover topics such as:

    -Travel Writing
    -Old Norse Texts
    -Psycholinguistics
    -Medieval English Romance
    -Literary Linguistics
    -Narratology
    -What is Literature?

    Further modules will be added as the course progresses.

    Please note that all module details are subject to change.

    Towards the end of this course, you will complete a supervised dissertation. This is major piece of advanced independent research which you will undertake with the supervision of a specialist in your chosen area. We will provide you with advice and guidance while you select and refine your area of study, and offer close supervision as you complete your research and your MA.

    Course Structure

    This course can be taken on a part-time basis over 24 to 48 months.

    The MA begins with a 30 credit module, Approaches to Text, which will introduce students to the multidisciplinary dimensions of English Studies, followed by a further 90 credits in optional modules giving students the opportunity to  explore a range of specialist topics and construct individual programmes of study according to interests.

    A 60-credit dissertation completes the MA.

    Course materials and teaching for this course are available over the Internet.

    All taught modules are assessed by written work of around 3,000 words or equivalent (for a 15-credit module). Tutors provide feedback on practice exercises as preparation, and detailed comments on assignments.

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

    You will have access to many online resources, as well as your own personal tutor for each module that you take.

    Particular features of the programme include:

    • a theoretical grounding in research methodology 
    • one-to-one tuition with expert members of staff
    • an online discussion board and forum
    • innovative and engaging teaching methods
    • access to many online resources
    • great flexibility in course content, optionality, and changes in direction.

    All MA students in the School of English Studies join a lively and thriving postgraduate community. As such, you will be invited to attend a voluntary `Summer School` each summer, giving you a chance to meet other students in the School face-to-fac

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