A Master's by Research (MA) allows you to undertake a one year (full-time) research degree. It contains little or no formal taught component. This type of study gives you the chance to explore a research topic over a shorter time than a more in-depth doctoral programme.
Research Master's students choose a specific project to work on and have a greater degree of independence in their work than is the case with a taught Master's course.
You'll be expected to work to an approved programme of work which you will develop in conjunction with your supervisor within the first few months of starting your studies. Whilst undertaking the research project you will also have the opportunity to develop your research skills by taking part in training courses and events.
You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members to advise and support you on your project.
At the end of the project you'll write up your findings in the form of a short thesis of around 25,000 words, which will then be examined by both an internal and an external examiner.
On successful completion, you will be awarded your degree and if you have enjoyed this taste of research you may then decide to apply for the full research doctoral degree (PhD).
Our research specialisms
Our particular areas of expertise encompass the following:
• English literature and cultural studies
• 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th century literature
• Contemporary literature
• Critical theory
• Gender studies
• Manuscript studies
• Postcolonial theories, literatures and popular cultures
Please visit our research page to find out more details about current research we are engaged in, our staff specialisms, our research environment and our current projects: Research section
To find out about the staff in this subject area please visit the subject area page, or alternatively, to look at profiles of any of our academic staff, you can visit our academic staff profile page.
You will need to complete a research proposal outlining your areas of interest and when this is submitted along with your research degree application form we will look for the academics within the University who have the expertise and knowledge to supervise you and guide you through your research degree. You are encouraged to contact members of staff working in your area of interest prior to submitting an application.