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Modern Languages (MA by Research)


Course Description

This course enables well-qualified candidates to pursue postgraduate work in any area of modern languages in which the School is able to offer specialist supervision.

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures has an outstanding research record. Over 85% of the School's research was rated of international quality in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

The MA in Modern Languages by Research draws upon the extraordinarily wide range of research expertise in these four language departments of the School. It is aimed specifically at students who wish to pursue a particular research topic across two languages and cultures. The programme is devised to suit either those candidates who intend to continue with their studies at PhD level, or those who want to study an MA for its own interest.

Entry requirements

Candidates would normally be expected to hold a single or joint honours degree at 2:1 level or above (or its international equivalent). Those whose first language is not English must achieve an overall score on the British Council IELTS test of at least 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or a TOEFL score of 600 (250 for computer based tests) with a TWE of at least 4.5, or a TOEFL iBT
score of 100 (with no less than 19 in any element). Test results should be no more than two years old.

Course structure

The programme can be pursued one year full-time or two years part-time. Students undertake a programme of directed study comprising a course in research methodology and presentation,
and courses of guided reading in agreed fields of study under the supervision of members of staff in the two language departments.

Assessment

Assessment is by submission of a 30,000-word dissertation deriving from the directed reading.
Information about staff research interests and publications can be found at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/modern-languages

Research training

The training component covers all essential aspects of research methodology and presentation. We also ensure that all research students receive appropriate generic and subject-specific skills
training throughout their period of study.

Careers

Many MA graduates in Modern Languages at Nottingham have gone on to further study for a PhD, both at Nottingham and elsewhere, and several are now in full-time lecturing posts in the UK and overseas. Others work in a wide range of careers.

Funding

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures awards a number of Studentships (fees and maintenance at home/EU rates), fee-waivers and smaller bursaries for postgraduate study at Nottingham. All studentships and bursaries are competitive and are awarded on academic merit.
To be eligible to apply for an award, you must have been offered and have accepted a place to undertake a programme of study/research on one of the degrees within the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.

If you are applying from overseas you should consult the funding database via the International Office webpage for details of any specific schemes for which you may be eligible to apply at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/international.

Both full-time and part-time students may apply. If you wish to study part-time you may apply to the University of Nottingham for a Revis Grant, which, if awarded, covers approximately a third of the cost of tuition fees http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/student-support/revis.htm.

Applications

Candidates are encouraged to apply online at https://pgapps.nottingham.ac.uk

Visit the Modern Languages (MA by Research) page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

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School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies Studentships and Bursaries - Single Award

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures awards a number of Studentships (fees and maintenance at home/EU rates), fee-waivers and smaller bursaries for postgraduate study at Nottingham. All studentships and bursaries are competitive and are awarded on academic merit. The School MA award covers tuition fees at the university UK/EU level, or the equivalent as a bursary. International overseas students who gain one of these awards will therefore have to cover the difference between UK/EU and O/S rates.If you are applying from overseas you should consult the funding database via the International Office webpage for details of any specific schemes for which you may be eligible to apply at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/international.To find out more please contact the Postgraduate and Research Office in the first instance:
Tel: +44 (0)115 84 68316/68317/68269
Fax: +44 (0)115 84 68587
Email: [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

Fee-waiver at the university UK/EU rate or equivalent as bursary.

Eligibility

You will either have, or be expecting to achieve a good first degree (upper second or higher) in an appropriate area. Both full-time and part-time students may apply.
To be eligible to apply for an award, you must have been offered and have accepted a place to undertake a programme of study/research in the Department. AHRC/BGP applicants will automatically be considered for these awards and are not required to submit a separate application.

Application Procedure

To be eligible to apply for an award, you must have been offered and have accepted a place for postgraduate study at Nottingham. You should do this by early February. The application form can be found at: https://pgapps.nottingham.ac.uk. The School is holding a Postgraduate Advisory Day on Wednesday 17 February 2010 during which you will be given further details of the funding competition and will be able to discuss your own application. You will be required to supply your Department with a recent sample of your academic writing which will be used to assist Departments to assess the strength of your application. The deadline for receipt of formal application to be considered for SMLC funding is 5 May 2010. Fully completed applications,* with two references, should be emailed to [email protected]*Further details on the procedure for applications and application forms will be made available via the Departmental webpage in the New Year.

Further Information

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/clas/prospective/postgraduate/pg-funding/fundingopportunities.aspx



Entry Requirements

2:1 or equivalent in an arts, humanities or social science subject. IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.5 in any element)

Course Fees

Please see the University website for details


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