Literary Studies - MA


Aberystwyth University    English & Creative Writing

Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full time, 2-3 years part time
Languages, Literature & Culture (21)

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The MA in Literary Studies at Aberystwyth University offers a stimulating exploration of English literature in all its diversity. With the opportunity to specialize in various areas, you'll study the latest developments in critical theory and research methodology, developing skills for your 15,000-word dissertation. The programme provides modules on fascinating topics such as Medieval Lives, Queer Fiction, and Victorian Popular Fiction. You'll have access to the excellent library and technology resources of Aberystwyth University, as well as the renowned National Library of Wales. Entry requirements include a 2:1 Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject and a satisfactory writing portfolio.

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The MA in Literary Studies at Aberystwyth University offers you a stimulating engagement with English literature in all its depth and diversity, with the opportunity to develop particular expertise in one of a number of specialist areas. By studying the latest developments in critical theory and research methodology you will cultivate the necessary skills to undertake your 15,000 word MA Dissertation, an extensive piece of critical research in your chosen field. You will also develop a host of transferable skills which you may deploy in a range of other academic or employment contexts.

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Entry Requirements

2:1 Bachelors (Hons) degree in a relevant subject together with submission of a satisfactory writing portfolio. These are minimum requirements for entry. A transcript of marks demonstrating consistent performance at 2:1 level should also be provided. Non-graduates and non-subject specialists will be considered individually based on relevant experience and submission of a satisfactory writing portfolio. The writing portfolio should consist of 4000-5000 words of critical and/or creative prose. In cases where portfolios comprise or include poetry, 100 lines of poetry is considered equivalent to 1000 words of prose.


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Scholarships

Selection will be on the basis of academic performance and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2000

Eligibility

Scholarships worth £2,000 towards tuition fees will be available for International (non-UK) students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses or a research Programme (MPhil, LLM by Research or PhD) in September 2018.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office by the deadline specified.


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Recipients of Sports Scholarships are expected to contribute to a Students' Union Sports Club and would normally be expected to represent the University in the sport for which the Scholarship was awarded.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£500 p.a.

Eligibility

Sports Scholarships are intended for UK/EU applicants to the University who can demonstrate recent achievement of a high standard in sport, and a commitment to developing their sporting performance whilst at university. You can hold a Sports Scholarship for any full-time course at Aberystwyth.

Application Procedure

A Sports Scholarship application form must be submitted by 31st July in the year of entry to the University.


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Music Scholarships are awarded on the basis of competitive audition to new entrants in any discipline and held for the duration of the course.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£650 p.a.

Eligibility

Music Scholarships are intended for experienced players for orchestra/band instruments or singers (jointly with an instrument) who can actively contribute to the University’s orchestras, bands, choirs and other ensembles.

Application Procedure

The closing date for applications is 15th June in the year of entry to University.


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Aberystwyth University offers a Scholarship towards Taught Masters, LLM by research and MPhil tuition fees for Aberystwyth University graduates. The Aber-Grad Scholarship applies to both UK/EU and International students. If you hold a First Class Bachelors (Hons.) degree, then the scholarship will be 20% of your tuition fees. Holders of Second Class degrees are eligible for a scholarship worth 10% of your Taught Masters tuition fee.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% - 20% discount of Taught Masters tuition fee

Eligibility

Students must be graduates of Aberystwyth University having gained at least a 2:2 or above.

Application Procedure

Applications for relevant courses must be received by the publicised deadline. You do not need to apply separately for this loyalty discount as it is automatically applied to course fees on enrolment where eligible.


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Selection will be on the basis of academic excellence and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. A minimum (UK) 1st Class Honours (or equivalent) is required for an award. Scholarships are available for entirely self-financed students (i.e. they cannot be held by students with full-awards, e.g. Chevening Scholarships, Commonwealth Shared Scholarship or any governmental award or any partial awards, including AU departmental awards, Aber-grad Scholarships nor HEI partnership discounts.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

Up to 13 scholarships, each worth £5,000 towards tuition fees will be available for International (non-EU) students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2018. The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK 1st class honours degree or the equivalent award).

Application Procedure

In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 27th July 2018. Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office (AQRO) by the closing date.


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Applications should be made directly to the charitable trust, via their website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £7,000

Eligibility

For students from Wales undertaking postgraduate study.

Application Procedure

The closing date for applications is the end of June preceding the start date of the course.


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Applicants for Chevening Scholarships must:

• be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country, and intend to return there at the end of the period of study;
• hold a degree that is equivalent to at least an upper second-class honours degree in the UK;
• achieve the minimum Chevening English language requirement;
• have completed at least two years’ work or equivalent experience before applying for a Chevening Scholarship;
• be able to obtain the correct visa, and receive an unconditional offer from a UK university.

Value of Scholarship(s)

TBC

Eligibility

Chevening Scholarships are awarded to International students with excellent academic backgrounds who wish to pursue full-time postgraduate study in the UK. The scholarships are primarily for those who wish to undertake a Taught Masters degree.

Application Procedure

Chevening Scholarships are awarded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office - please see their website for further details.


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