The School of English Studies is renowned for the excellence of its research and teaching in all areas of English Literature, from the Medieval period to the contemporary.
This programme blends compulsory elements to enable you to extend and develop your research skills and explore research issues - such as the nature of archival study, genre and textuality, the relationship between print and manuscript, interdisciplinary, and questions of cultural and political context - and an optional element that enables you to specialise in a specific period.
This optional element is achieved through one of three pathways, which give you the opportunity to specialise in a particular field of literary study - these pathways are:
o Early Modern Literature
o The Long Nineteenth Century
o Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Literature
As well as receiving research skills training as part of the degree, you will have the opportunity to explore a diverse range of literary genres and to investigate textual and critical issues involved in the study of literature in their cultural and historical context.
Topics covered will include: questions of genre; establishing and challenging a literary canon; the idea of the archive; notions of orality and performance; the relationship between manuscript and print cultures; editorial practice and politics.
Full details about the content of the MA in English Literature is available on the School of English Studies website. Students may pursue one of the following pathways through the MA course:
* Early Modern Literature
* The Long Nineteenth Century
* Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Literature
Please note that all module details are subject to change.
The dissertation is a 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 chosen area of study. You will be assigned a tutor to supervise your dissertation and offer support as you complete your research for the dissertation and the MA.
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 modules will be team-taught by a range of experts in the field. You will also be assigned an individual supervisor for your independent dissertation project.
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.
In the early stages of your dissertation, your supervisor will read through and comment on draft work. The dissertation itself comprises a piece of your own research, assessed by written work of 12,000-15,000 words.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.