Research course

English Literature

University of Buckingham · Department of English
MA by research

Entry requirements

The minimum entry level required for this course is as follows:

  • a first or second-class honours degree from a recognised university or,
  • a recognised professional qualification with relevant work experience

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MA in English Literature by research is taught through seminars, group sessions, and personalised one-to-one teaching with a first and second supervisor. A postgraduate reading group, and seminars led by staff and guest speakers, gradually develop the insights needed to complete your research project.

There are four parts to the qualification:

  • a research proposal
  • a bibliography
  • a short essay
  • a longer Dissertation

There are no exams.

This is an opportunity to work closely on a writer or topic that fascinates you, within a supportive environment. You can undertake research in most literary topics within the period 1550 to the present day. You start by developing the Project Preliminaries with your supervisors: the research proposal, bibliography, and essay. Then you progress to the full Dissertation (25,000-30,000 words), written under the guidance of your supervisors.

The MA commences in September or January each year, on a full- or part-time basis. The MA takes one year full-time, two years part-time.

For the MA, full-time attendance on campus is not required, but overseas students in particular, or home students wishing to use libraries intensively, may apply for a room in University accommodation. Alternately, you can travel in for the teaching days, usually Wednesdays during term. The one-to-one sessions with your supervisors can be arranged for any day of the week.

Information for international students

Buckingham is a truly global community with students of all ages and cultures: over 90 countries are represented. It is a place to establish lasting networks, both professionally and socially. Our alumni networks operate successfully all over the world and we encourage them to stay in touch with us.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please visit our website for the latest information relating to our tuition fees, scholarships and bursaries.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA by research
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

The University has a four-term year. The MA programme normally runs from September to August, though other start times may be possible. In the first term there are core seminars on research methodology; there are then two seminars in each of the subsequent three terms on a range of literary topics, led by Buckingham academics and eminent guest lecturers. These seminars, held in the early evening, are not only of interest and value in themselves, but also allow students to meet together and benefit from each other’s experiences. Those who wish to continue their research may study for a further year (MPhil) or two years (DPhil), or for the part-time equivalent.

Course contact details

Humanities Admissions
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