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This MRes prepares you for more advanced research projects at MPhil/PhD level, but is also a degree in its own right. It's ideal if you're considering a 'taster' year of research, or if you're keen to complete shorter term research at graduate level. 

The aim of the MRes is to expand your knowledge and understanding of your chosen topic. You'll carry out independent research under the guidance of a supervisor, and in the context of a structured programme of study.


You'll attend the Department's Postgraduate Research Methods series, and either a Research Skills Workshopor a Research Skills series. You'll also be encouraged to attended Methods and Resources day schools that are offered by the Institute of English Studies at Senate House. 

You'll also attend, but not be assessed on, at least one appropriate Masters level module offered in the Department of English and Comparative Literature in the first term of study. Your supervisor may advise you to attend selected elements of the module only, and to focus on a particular problem within the syllabus. Attending the module will enable you to take part in discussions, and to refine and nuance your understanding of different perspectives on a topic. 

The main focus of the MRes, however, will be on the development of your own research project. Throughout this process you will: 

  • Study in depth and reflect critically upon an aspect of research methods relevant to your dissertation topic, under the guidance of your supervisor
  • Where appropriate, you can choose to write on methodological topics arising from the syllabus of one of the taught Masters level modules
  • Carry out systematic research into the primary, critical and theoretical literature relevant to the dissertation topic, under the guidance of your supervisor
  • Develop an independent dissertation project, under the guidance of a supervisor


You'll complete the following modules:

Research Methods

Assessed by one 5,000-6,000-word essay (or two 2,500-3,000-word essays). 

Bibliographical Exercise

Assessed by one 5,000-word essay. 


Assessed by a 20,000-word dissertation. 


A thesis of approximately 20,000 words will account for 80% of your final grade. The remaining 20% of your grade will be assessed through coursework. 

MPhil and PhD are examined by a longer thesis (about 60-80,000 words) and a viva voce examination.


This programme will enable you to develop transferable skills, including:

  • enhanced communication and discussion skills in written and oral contexts
  • the ability to analyse and evaluate different textual materials
  • the ability to organise information
  • the ability to assimilate and evaluate competing arguments


Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in publishing, journalism, public relations, teaching, advertising, the civil service, business, industry, the media.

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Visit the English - MRes page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!






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