Taught course

English, Theatre and Arts

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · English, Theatre and Creative Writing
Qualifications
MRes

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2.2 or above) and an MA, with at least one of these degrees being in a closely relevant disciplinary area.

Students who do not achieve these criteria may still be considered for entry if they demonstrate the required level of intellectual commitment and potential.

Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The MRes in English, Theatre and Arts offers students who have completed an MA the unique opportunity to research a project of their own by writing a fully developed, high-quality piece of research. You will work with a supervisor on your project, shaping it by taking modules in research skills and development of methods and skills specifically related to your field.

If you have achieved an MA and you want to develop an idea over greater length, with support but also independence, then this is the course for you.

Highlights
  • In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), English Language and Literature at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 91% of eligible staff submitted research, of which 75% was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • You will be working with world-class lecturers in the Department of English, Theatre and Creative Writing, and alongside both MA and MPhil students to become an independent researcher.
  • Birkbeck is located in the heart of literary London, in Bloomsbury, WC1. You could be studying in a building that was once home to Virginia Woolf and frequented by members of the Bloomsbury Group, now home to our School of Arts. The building houses our own creative hub which includes the Peltz Gallery, the Gordon Square Cinema and a theatre and performance space.
  • You will have access to outstanding archives and research libraries, such as the British Library, which are literally on the doorstep. Birkbeck has strong connections with many of them, including the Wellcome Collection, the British Museum and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
  • The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.
  • The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year’s free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Student Advice Service
Email
studentadvice@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+44(0) 20 3907 0700