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Portuguese and Lusophone Studies (MA by Research)


Course Description

The MA in Portuguese and Lusophone Studies by Research allows students to pursue postgraduate studies in a broad range of areas of Portuguese and Lusophone Studies.

The Department is a vibrant, international community and postgraduate students are fully integrated into our dynamic research environment. They are invited to participate in numerous international collaborative ventures with our partners in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Portugal and Spain, as well as with universities across the rest of Europe and in North America.

We also have close links with other research groupings in the University, including the Centre for the Study of Post-Conflict Cultures which offer exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary studies.


Course structure and support

The programme, which can be completed over one year full-time or two years part-time, comprises guided reading and supervisions with an appropriate member of staff leading to a 30,000-word dissertation. The guided reading may be conducted in conjunction with other modern languages and humanities departments. Students receive training in research methodology and presentation skills including library, archival, bibliographical and word-processing skills. They also have the opportunity to present their work at the postgraduate Work in Progress Seminar, a supportive and constructive forum for discussing on-going research, and are invited to attend a range of research–related activities including the Departmental Research Seminars and international colloquia.

Assessment

Students submit a 30,000-word dissertation at the end of the programme.

Entry requirements

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.

Careers

The programme is ideal preparation for Further studies at doctoral level and many of our students have secured academic appointments and established successful academic careers both in the UK and internationally. Others have gone on to work in teaching and related areas.

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 Portuguese and Lusophone Studies (MA by Research) page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Mariana Matoso

(Proposed) thesis title: Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Lusophone Africa: “Water, water everywhere” and maybe a “drop to drink”

Thesis description: The research project addresses the topic of water governance in Africa, focusing on the systems of water supply and sanitation implemented within the Southern region. Access to water and sanitation is one of the major challenges facing human race in the 21st century, particularly in Southern Africa, one of the world’s worst affected areas. Having chronically suffered from water stress, this region’s countries are now more than ever compelled to improve their water governance levels in order to attain the acceptable human requirements defined by the international community. Following the success of my thesis on the ‘Right to Water in Angola’, the research will now focus on analysing the consequences of the complex dynamics (social, political, technological and economical) involved in determining water policies in the country’s both urban and rural areas. The South African case will be used as a comparator, since it is considered to be at the forefront of this thematic.


(Scholarship)

School of Modern Languages and Cultures 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 level, or the equivalent as a 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. The application form can be found at: https://pgapps.nottingham.ac.uk. The School is holding a Postgraduate Advisory Day on Wednesday 9 February 2011 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 2011. 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/modern-languages/


(Scholarship)

AHRC Research Preparation Masters Studentships. - Single Award

Under the AHRC Block Grant Partnership scheme we can offer 1 award at the University of Nottingham for MA study in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies from October 2011. The AHRC Research Preparation Masters Studentships cover fees (at UK/EU rates) and maintenance allowanceTo be eligible to apply for an award, you must have been offered and have accepted a place on one of the degrees within the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. Both full-time and part-time students may apply. 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)

Fees (at UK/EU rates) and maintenance (2009-10 rate £9,280).

Eligibility

UK students who satisfy certain residency criteria are eligible to apply for full awards covering fees and maintenance. Students from EU countries other than the UK who satisfy certain residency criteria are eligible to apply for fees-only awards.

Application Procedure

You can apply online for a place for postgraduate study at: https://pgapps.nottingham.ac.uk/ . Please indicate on the application form that you wish to be considered for funding by indicating AHRC Studentship under the section ‘how you wish to finance your studies’. You will then be advised on the precise procedures for submitting funding applications. The closing date for completed AHRC applications to the University of Nottingham is 1 March 2010.

Further Information

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/modern-languages



Entry Requirements

2:1 level or above (or its international equivalent) and a high level of fluency in Portuguese is usually required. IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.5 in any element)

Course Fees

Please see the University website fore details


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