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Course content

We welcome application for research degrees at three levels: MA, MPhil and PhD.

Our diversity of research interests means we will consider thesis proposals in any field of literature from the Middle Ages to the present day, including literatures in languages other than English.

About research degrees

The length and duration of the programme depends on the level, as follows:
-MA: up to 30,000 words over one year (two years part-time)

Research training

Whichever course you choose, you will also receive training in research methods and skills appropriate to the stage they have reached and the nature of their work. This includes:
-Guidance on planning and writing your thesis
-Using bibliographic and archival resources (both electronic and printed)
-Handling research data
-Making conference presentations
-Preparting and submitting material for publication
-Applying for jobs

Introductory classes in computing and word processing, various modern languages, palaeography, bibliography, and classical and medieval Latin are also available.


We have an excellent employment record for our postgraduates who are highly prized by top level employers, both in the UK and on the international stage. A combination of outstanding teaching and a supportive collegiate environment enable our students to develop their creativity, intellectual independence and ability to filter complex information and present it persuasively in person and in writing. These are important transferable skills which will always hold their value at the top end of the jobs market.

Visit the English - MA by Research page on the University of York website for more details!





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