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The English team at Canterbury Christ Church University is based in the School of Humanities and has a proven track record of excellent supervision by active and internationally acclaimed academic researchers. It has an established and vibrant postgraduate community.

The Masters by Research in English Literature provides the opportunity to undertake a personalised programme of study in a structured and supportive environment. As a research­led programme it is inherently flexible, tutorials can be scheduled around other commitments and meaningful distance learning can be facilitated.

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Preferably working with your potential supervisor during the application process, you will devise an in­ depth study of a writer, topic or archival resource that is driven by your interests. The project may develop from a recent undergraduate encounter with a particular text or topic or you may be returning to education looking for a structured environment in which to formally study an established passion.

With the recent acquisition of the Mary Braddon Archive now held by the International Centre for Victorian Women Writers (ICVWW) here at Canterbury Christ Church University and with strong connections to local repositories such as Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library and the Kent History Centre at Maidstone, we can offer unique opportunities for original and innovative literary research projects.


The course is for students who want to engage with a substantial, independent research project based on a strong interest in their chosen topic.


The MA by Research is designed to be delivered flexibly, according to your individual needs. You will meet regularly with your first supervisor, and also with your second supervisor, throughout the year to develop your ideas and receive feedback on your progress.


Supervised by a panel of experienced researchers you will meet regularly with your first supervisor and present your work-in-progress to the full panel halfway through your registration period. Following advice from this Review meeting you will complete the writing up of your 25-­30,000­word dissertation. There are no exams.

What can I do next?

This programme is a significant qualification in its own right but could also fast­track you, if you're successful, to MPhil and ultimately to PhD qualifications.

The research and writing skills you'll gain, together with the specialist disciplinary knowledge developed during the course, will enhance your employability and can provide an invaluable grounding for careers in teaching, media and journalism, publishing and marketing.

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-Masters Loans-

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

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-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

Information on alternative funding sources is available here:

Visit the MA / MRes English Literature page on the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more details!




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