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.
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.
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 is by submission of a 30,000-word dissertation deriving from the directed reading.
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.
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.
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.
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