This is a one-year (two year part-time) programme. The degree can be stand-alone or may serve as preparation for a doctoral research programme. The MA consists of a training course in research methodology (library, archival, bibliographical and presentation skills) and a course of directed study under the supervision of a member of staff's experienced research team leading to a 30,000-word dissertation. MA candidates are expected to be involved with the Department’s staff-postgraduate seminars and they have access to extensive computer facilities. All postgraduate students undertake the generic research training modules offered by the Graduate School.