The MA English course aims to provide a stimulating intellectual environment that will enable you to build upon the interests and skills you acquired at undergraduate level. It features core modules in both advanced critical theory and research methodologies that will enhance your abilities in academic research, writing, and presentation, enabling you to meet the standards demanded by employers throughout your professional life.
"The module leader should be commended for running such an impressive course and for his clear concern that students achieve their potential." (2013/14 External Examiner comments).
“In my opinion, there are no weaknesses in the programme. The introduction of new modules in English Language and Linguistics in 2015/16 will majorly enhance the learning and development of students who a) come to the MA without English as their first language, or b) wish to extend their language skills to an advanced level alongside their studies in literature.” (2014/15 External Examiner’s Report)
“I have only praise for the teaching and support I received. The smaller group allowed for more focus on the individual learning curve and the seminars provided not only knowledge and guidance but encouraged our independent and creative thoughts to be brought into the discussions, developing and sometimes challenging our own perspectives.” (2011-12 MA graduate)
This course has been specifically designed to provide students with a taught programme of study that combines both breadth and depth in subject content, in order to stimulate individuals’ research interests. Its unique structure uses a series of themed module pairs which focus upon one of the following: major authors from historical and contemporary periods; the intertextual relationships between genre, context and form; enhancement of research and interpretive skills.
Students are supported in making the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study throughout with subject-specific coaching on the use and application of literary theories and academic conventions, and again through the personal supervision of individual dissertations.
The MA English qualification is a source of continuing professional development for individuals already engaged in professions such as teaching, journalism and careers within local government and the public sector.
On a much broader scale, the programme will also enhance the individual qualities needed for employment in circumstances requiring sound critical judgement, good communication skills, personal responsibility and initiative within the professional environment.
The MA will also provide a sound intellectual and stylistic platform for students to progress onto doctorate level study and a career in higher education.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
At Cass School of Education and Communities we have developed an expertise on language education, in particular, teaching and learning in multicultural contexts. Dr Mario Moya, Programme Leader for the MA English Language Teaching, focuses his research on second language acquisition and the role of language learning strategies in second/additional languages. He is a Consultant for the British Council and works in cooperation with Universities worldwide to improve teacher and learning in English-medium instruction environments. The MA in English Language Teaching is linked to the Higher Education and the Teacher Education Research Groupson, publishers, and school managers, among other high-stake posts.