The MA in English Studies prepares students for undertaking research in the discipline, but it is also popular with those who wish simply to broaden and deepen their critical engagement with literature and its contexts. The MA offers a number of pathways in addition to the generic one in English Studies; Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures; Modernism and After; and Contemporary Literature and Culture. On each pathway, you will study four units, each worth 30 credits, from a wide range of core, compulsory and optional units on offer. Core units are those taken by students across all pathways; compulsory units must be taken by students on certain pathways (but may be taken as options by others); and optional units may be selected from the full range on offer.
English Studies students take 1 of 4 possible core courses (Key Issues, Modernism and its Margins, Reading the Contemporary, and Postcolonial Literatures, Genres, and theories). Finally, students will write a 15,000-word dissertation, worth 60 credits, supervised by an academic member of staff.
Coursework and assessment:
Students are required to take 180 credits of units as listed above. The list of units on offer will be updated annually. Students may also choose up to 30 credits worth of units from another MA programme in place of one of their optional units, subject to the approval of the Programme Director. Students will also attend individual seminars on such topics as how to study at MA level, how to research and write a Master's thesis, and career options.