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English: Directed Research MA


Course Description

This pathway will be especially attractive to those who wish to pursue their own research in an area of either Language or Literature not covered by our other MA pathways. Students choose their own subject (depending on the availability of supervision), and a course of study is designed in discussion with them. Among the possibilities are topics in medieval studies, particular authors, cross-period topics, historical linguistics and pragmatics. Work is undertaken mainly under individual supervision but within a structured modular framework which provides support and manageable targets as you progress.

The course culminates in the preparation of a 25,000-word dissertation. This is a uniquely flexible pathway tailored to individual research interests. It is ideal preparation for students aiming to progress to PhD study, but it will also appeal to any student wishing to pursue a particular topic at Masters level.

Why English?

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), we ranked 10th out of 89 in the UK for 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent) research.

Strong postgraduate community

With over 150 taught and research students from all over the world, you will be part of a genuine international community. You will be able to participate in our lively research culture through attending regular seminars and lectures by guest speakers as well as our own staff and students. A legacy from former tutor Miriam Allott has allowed the department to host a creative writing fellow (currently the poet Sean Borodale), and a vibrant series of international poetry readings. Recent conferences include ‘On Liberties’ at St Deiniol’s Library, and ‘Renaissance Old Worlds’ in collaboration with the British Library. As a doctoral student you can participate in the optional English Graduate Teaching Programme, which allows doctoral students to get the best of the teaching opportunities available without making significant demands on their time.

Career prospects

The independence of study, clarity of expression and management of time demanded by all our taught programmes equip the successful graduate with the skills and knowledge base required for further academic study and research in English and other areas.

However, many graduates choose to enter careers such as teaching, publishing and journalism, or to work in the business sector, often in human resources, administration, marketing or sales.

Successful alumni have gone on to teach English at elementary, secondary and tertiary levels in schools around the globe. A significant number of MA graduates have also continued their studies to PhD level.

Successful alumni have gone on to teach English at elementary, secondary and tertiary levels in schools around the globe. A significant number of MA graduates have also continued their studies at PhD level.

Visit the English: Directed Research MA page on the University of Liverpool website for more details!

Entry Requirements

For entry to our Masters programmes a good 2:1 class Bachelors degree in English studies or a similar subject is required.

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