You will learn about approaches to the study of literature, and will have the opportunity to study authors, literary movements, themes or critical ideas in depth.
Why choose this course?
Studying alongside our team of academics you will become embedded in our research culture. Our academics have a wide variety of specialist interest areas which would be suitable to support a range of literary topics.
The course has been designed to provide you with the independence of a research degree with some of the guidance of a taught masters. Within the course you will take part in student-led symposia. These will give you the opportunity to present and exchange ideas on other students’ work. These sessions lead to a study proposal that gives a detailed description of the dissertation topic. The symposia encourage discussion, cooperation and the sharing of problems and solutions.
Central to the course is the dissertation; it allows you to explore, in detail, your area of literary interest. An individual supervisor will support you throughout your dissertation. You will take part in one-to-one tutorials and the supervisor will offer advice on developing appropriate study methods and provide feedback on drafts of the dissertation.
Whether you wish to take this course as a route to a PhD or as a stand-alone degree, the course structure and its assessments enable you to research a literary interest deeply, organise your ideas effectively, develop your written and oral expression, and to interact in productive ways with your peers.
"I chose postgraduate study because I love my subject. I completed my BA (Hons) English at NTU, so I knew quite a lot about the department, the campuses, and the structure of the University.
"The English department is fantastic. During my undergraduate degree, I created very good relationships with many of the staff and one of the major reasons I have stayed is because I wanted to continue working with them.
"This course provides freedom to conduct independent research and the opportunity to work alongside experts in the field. I was particularly attracted to the taught theory module which runs for the first half year and explores a range of literary and cultural theoretical work. This was an area where I wanted to develop further, so in this sense the course was perfect.
"Principally, the course further develops important skills, such as verbal and written communication, which are essential in whatever graduate level work I pursue on finishing. I have gained a fully-funded place on the English PhD course at NTU, so, the MRes has helped prepare me to move seamlessly from undergraduate-level study into a professional programme."
• A good honours degree (minimum 2.2) in English or a related subject • Applicants from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis • IELTS 6.5 (applicants whose first language is not English)
Recipient: Nottingham Trent University
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