Research course

English Literature

Institution
University of Buckingham · Department of English
Qualifications
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. For more detail, click on the image on the right to download the brochure (PDF file, 7 MB).

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
£7,140
International students
£13,020

Find out more about the Paul E H Davis Research Exhibitions (to the value of £1,000) for MA in English Literature students here: http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/admissions/scholarships/open/davis

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Phone
+44 (0)1280 820156
Fax
+44 (0)1280 822245