The MA by Research in European Cultures is designed primarily for students wishing to pursue comparative projects in literary and / or film studies. As a department we are strong in Memory Studies, Women’s Writing and Feminism, the theory and practice of translation, politics and culture in the twentieth century and we welcome enquiries in these and other areas. We expect to advise applicants on their choice of topic in advance of application, however, and to work further on this choice in the course of the first term.
An MA by Research in European Cultures gives you the chance to pursue a project based around your own passions and interests, leading to a qualification which can open the door to an academic career or boost employment prospects outside academia (typically in the private sector, the Civil Service, or education).
We have expertise in French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish and offer joint supervision where appropriate with American Studies, English Literature, History, Welsh or Media Studies. Knowledge of one of the above European languages is not essential, but it is never too late to begin to acquire language skills and this is highly encouraged. All students have two supervisors whose expertise lies in different areas, which fosters a spirit of interdisciplinary research. Projects with a focus in the Romance languages (French, Italian, Spanish) may qualify for a full-fee Maney Bursary.
All research students in European Cultures are required to attend skills and training courses at College and Institutional level. They give presentations to other research students and staff at departmental seminars and the annual departmental postgraduate symposium in June and the College of Arts and Humanities conference in October. Advanced research students may have opportunities to teach undergraduate tutorials and seminars. You have a budget (currently £200 per year) to attend conferences outside Swansea.
MA by Research degrees typically last from one year (full-time study) to two years (part-time study).
The MA by Research in European Cultures is ideal for those who want:
an MA qualification in niche areas where taught programmes are not offered; the experience of a research degree without committing to a PhD, while retaining the option to upgrade to MPhil or PhD. You attend a series of training courses and have regular supervisions while you are reading around your topic and / or collecting your data and materials. You will write a 5000-word introductory essay in the first term and have designed an outline and sketched a synopsis by this stage. You will agree a series of milestones and deadlines with your experienced supervisory team who will accompany you each step of the way on your research journey.
Research proposals are invited on any topic for which staff can provide supervision. It is advisable to email a member of academic staff in the appropriate area before applying.
To study on the European Cultures programme, you should hold or expect to achieve a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in a related subject or hold relevant work experience. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.
Recipient: Swansea University
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