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English - MRes


Course Description

Do you want to explore a literary topic you’re passionate about, with the potential to advance into MPhil or PhD study and an academic career? Join a vibrant, growing research community and acquire the skills necessary to carry out your own extended project. You’ll have expert guidance and individual supervision from staff specialising in a range of critical fields, from the 17th century to the present day.

Key features

-Pursue your own specific research interests in English, culminating in an extended dissertation, with the guidance of an individual supervisor.
-Join a thriving research community which fosters the sharing of knowledge and academic enquiry through research seminars, academic conferences, and visiting writers and critics.
-Acquire a sophisticated range of subject specific and interdisciplinary research skills through tutorials, seminars and workshops.
-Enjoy full access to the University’s library and electronic resources, including the Rare Books Room which includes materials on literature, history, architecture and the visual arts.
-Benefit from adaptable study routes, allowing you to find a means of studying that fits around your other commitments.
-Draw on staff expertise in a wealth of diverse areas, from the history of the book and reading to film and drama.
-Broaden your knowledge by undertaking interdisciplinary work across traditional subject boundaries, for example in visual culture, psychology and psychoanalysis, representations of childhood and gender studies.
-Progress from your undergraduate studies on a route that prepares you to become a researcher or do a PhD.

Course details

MRes English is available full time (one year). If you wish to study part time, the ResM pathway includes the same taught modules and also leads to a written thesis. Unlike the MRes however, you can submit your thesis after 24-36 months. You’ll study two taught modules providing you with the expertise to excel in your 22,500 to 25,000 word thesis. In term one you’ll take research methods and debates, gaining both discipline-specific skills and an understanding of current debates in English. Assessment will revolve around contextual study or literature review, communication skills and subject-specific frameworks. Research in the arts and humanities is cross-disciplinary and taught via six all-day workshops in terms one and two. It’s assessed by a research portfolio and presentation. Finally, the thesis is taught by intensive one-to-one supervision. Students may devise a topic of their choice, but are encouraged to choose an area of staff expertise to gain maximum support and guidance.

Core modules
-MARE700 Research in the Arts and Humanities
-MAEL700 Research Methods and Debates in Literary and Cultural Studies
-MARE701 Masters Thesis in the Humanities and/or Performing Arts

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

Visit the English - MRes page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

For entry to postgraduate level, you should normally possess one of the following: first or upper second (2:1) degree with honours (in English or a related field) or professional qualification, recognised as being equivalent to degree standard; an ordinary degree, foundation degree, higher national diploma, or university diploma, accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field.

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