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The MRes English at Liverpool John Moores University will enable you to carry out novel investigations on narrative, its function and potential to affect human experience and our ways of being. You will be based in our Research Centre for Literature and Cultural History, where you will work alongside other students and leading academics in this fascinating field.

•Complete this masters full time (one year)
•Staff research judged to be of international excellence and world-leading quality
•A valuable foundation for progression to PhD
•Work alongside active researchers in the field and become a part of a thriving academic community
•Excellent career development opportunities through our working relationships with Merseyside employers

The English MRes combines supervised independent research with specialist training in research methods and academic skills, while also helping students become aware of the wide variety of approaches currently practised in the discipline

Over the course of the programme you will be introduced to key developments in the field of literary studies and given the skills necessary to producing a successful postgraduate research project. You will be working individually with a supervisor throughout the year, as well as taking part on taught modules with fellow English MRes students and others across the faculty. In addition, you will become a part of the wider research activities of the English department itself.

You will receive specialist supervision and study within a diverse community of fellow researchers. Staff are active in a wide range of fields, from early modern literature to prison writing, late 19th-century national identities, Scottish and Irish studies, theories of the everyday, and contemporary British fiction. They are also involved in several major research projects, including: Shakespeare North at Prescott; The Everyman Archive; The Archive of Working-Class Writing.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Research Methods for Arts, Professional and Social Science

Develops your generic research skills and intends to guide you through individual research projects, helping you to develop productive research questions, define the parameters of your research, apply suitable methods and present findings in a manner appropriate to your field. The module will also give you the opportunity to see yourself as part of a community of postgraduate researchers, and present your ideas to your peers accordingly

Professional Development for Researchers in Arts, Professional and Social Science

Provides a context to identify and explore opportunities for professional training and development. Through the examination of relevant professional bodies and systems the module enhances professional knowledge, skills and understanding, and prepares you as a researcher for further doctoral study

English Research Proposition

Introduces the methods and skills essential to work at postgraduate level in the humanities, including information retrieval, contextualisation and organisation; engages with critical theory at an advanced level; identifies questions central to research in literature in terms of identifying the object of study and evaluating work in a specific area; and develops learning processes which enable independent reflections on research

English Research Project

Assesses the ability to present, in scholarly form, a sustained piece of research which demonstrates knowledge and understanding of a relevant field, appropriate methodologies and critical context, organises material into a clear and relevant argument, and shows the ability to work independently

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

Visit the English page on the Liverpool John Moores University website for more details!





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