The MA in English Literature offers exciting opportunities for students to expand their intellectual horizons while gaining specialist subject knowledge and developing sophisticated research, writing and analytical skills. A stimulating programme of research-led modules – ranging from the medieval to the modern, and traversing various genres and approaches – enables students to engage actively with some of the key cultural, theoretical, historical and political contexts informing literary research at postgraduate level.
While gaining expertise in a number of discrete research areas, students will also develop advanced skills in critical analysis and conceptual thinking. Students also receive an excellent grounding in research methods, bibliographic technique and scholarly presentation.
The degree is structured in two parts. In Part One (the taught component of the degree), full-time students choose four modules (two per semester) from a range of specialist options. Part-time students take one module per semester. All teaching is by seminars and workshops structured around student participation, with opportunities for students to present their work. Each module consists of a two-hour seminar per week and is assessed by a 4,000-word essay (or equivalent assessment). In addition to the taught modules, students attend weekly workshops on research methods and scholarly presentation and a critical theory reading group.
In Part Two of the degree (the dissertation), students undertake a substantial and sustained research project of 16,000-20,000 words on a subject of their choice, developed in consultation with an assigned supervisor. Students will have a series of one-to-one meetings with their supervisor. Full-time students begin to plan and research their dissertations in the second semester for submission in September. Part-time students commence their dissertation in May of their second year for submission the following January.
The flexible structure of the MA enables students to assemble programmes of study tailored to their personal and professional interests. Students can follow one of the specialist pathways or the open pathway. Specialist pathways in the current (2014/15) session include: • Editorial and Intertextual Studies • Gender • Literature, Theory and Culture • Medieval and Renaissance Studies • Nineteenth-Century Studies • Twentieth-Century Studies
The following is an indicative list of modules: • A Journey into Travel Writing • Constructing Shakespeare • Heroes and Villains from Chaucer to Shakespeare • Reading/Theory • Romantic Women’s Writing, 1789-1830 • Spectral Femininities • The Myth of King Arthur in the 19th and 20th Centuries • Violent Death in Renaissance Drama • Writing and Experimentation • Woolf and Her Contemporaries
For further information and access to detailed module descriptions please see the school website.
"I decided to pursue postgraduate study because of the advantages it would afford me in seeking employment after completion and also because I wanted to pursue further study in linguistics. Cardiff University is the only university in the world to offer a taught postgraduate degree in Forensic Linguistics and I wanted to be a part of this exciting new venture. The staff here at Cardiff have been incredibly open and friendly, as well as understanding of my initial confusion as to how exactly the university system worked in the UK. They were readily available for questions and discussion outside of lectures and truly wanted to see me succeed in my degree."
Chris Müller (MA in Critical and Cultural Theory)
Since starting the MA in Critical and Cultural Theory I have been encouraged to explore a vast array of different ideas and have been given space to develop my interests. The staff are very supportive; they are always open to discuss my work and point me toward material I would not have normally considered. I thoroughly enjoy this open yet rigorous engagement with my studies.
The course is a great opportunity to meet students with similar interests but from a variety of backgrounds not confined to the UK or a single discipline. I have enjoyed this diverse and challenging environment and I plan to continue my studies at PhD level and fully recommend the Critical and Cultural Theory MA programme.
I've thoroughly enjoyed my MA course in Ethics and Social Philosophy at Cardiff. There's a good choice of modules and a great range of expertise across the department, spanning the analytic / Continental divide, so whatever your interests you'll have plenty of support. I've taken modules on Marx, Feminism, the Frankfurt School and the history of Political Philosophy, and whether I was studying something I did at undergraduate level in greater depth, or encountering something completely new, I found the modules stimulating and the staff very supportive. Highly recommended!
I chose the MA course because there was a balance between taught elements and independent research-there were plenty of modules to choose from, and having studied in the department before knew the quality of teaching was high.
The MA was challenging and stimulating, I feel I have expanded my philosophical knowledge and most of all improved analytic skills and writing skills. Also the demands of a one-year course meant time management was essential. The qualification has certainly helped me gain employment (I am working as a researcher for Cardiff University) and could also lead on to further academic study.
The staff are all very supportive and willing to spend time discussing issues with students, also students are made to feel like they are contributing to philosophical discussion in general, and perhaps helping lecturers develop their own ideas.
The modules were all very interesting and taught with enthusiasm - lecturers seem to have very genuine interest in the subject and this passes on to students.
Ruth T Calway (MA in Teaching and Practice of Creative Writing)
"Cardiff is a beautiful and exciting city, with a dynamic dialogue between heritage and aspiration. The University is at the heart of this dynamic, with thriving schools of academic and artistic endeavour, and therefore the ideal place for a writer to develop his or her talent.
Cardiff’s Creative Writing MA offers a rich programme, combining personal mentoring with writer’s workshops; inspirational guidance from in-house teacher/writers and from visiting writers; and performance opportunities. Most uniquely, it also offers training and direction for the teaching of Creative Writing in the academy and in the community. For a mature student seeking a new career that will be personally fulfilling as well as practically based, it is ideal.
The department somehow manages an intensive programme with a light touch; enjoyment is the key word of the whole enterprise. The support and friendliness of the staff has been extraordinary; they intuit the needs of each and every member of the group. The experience of being part of my particular group - diverse in culture, age and gender - has been a tremendous privilege and will undoubtedly enrich my writing and teaching."
I chose to study for my MA in Applied Linguistics at Cardiff because of the excellent reputation of the department and the combination of modules offered...The experience of studying for an MA at Cardiff was invaluable for me. I learned a lot and enjoyed my time, thanks to the expertise and friendly approach of the staff in the department. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it!
Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships
No. of awards TBC
“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.
We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:
6 April and 27 July 2016.
The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.
A first or Upper Second class Honours degree or equivalent. Suitable for graduates in English Literature and Humanities.In addition to the application form we require the following supporting documents:Two academic references Copies of two essays on a literary topic (undergraduate essays are welcome) Photocopies of all relevant supporting documentation (e.g. degree certificates, transcripts)
Recipient: Cardiff University
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