Students applying to enter directly into the MA by Research programme would normally be expected to have a Masters degree with Merit or equivalent in English literary studies, or other relevant qualifications such as a doctorate in another subject. Graduates with degrees in related subjects will be considered on an individual basis, such as History, Philosophy, Modern Languages and Classics.
Learn more at the entry requirements page.
Months of entry
January, April, September
The Masters by Research (MbyRes) like other research degrees contains no taught element and offers you the opportunity to pursue a research project without entering into the commitment of a PhD. The programme is intended both as an award in its own right or as a progression route to a PhD and is assessed by a written dissertation of up to 40,000 words.
The MbyRes programmes are two years full time or three years part time. There is no minimum registration period and students may complete their studies within a shorter time scale. However, students who are accessing financial support through the Student Loan Company Postgraduate Research Loan should be aware that funding payments are scheduled across two years of the defined full time programme duration, or three years for part-time equivalents.
We welcome applications for research in all areas of English studies. Academic staff in the Department currently supervise over 80 research students.
All members of staff are active researchers and their interests as a whole encompass all the varieties of Anglophone culture not only in Britain, but in the US and elsewhere. This variety is reflected in the range of topics currently being studied by students, from poetry to drama, novels to films, medieval manuscripts to the internet, and from creative and life writing to the study of panoramas and magic lantern shows. It is also reflected in the number of research and reading groups organised by students and staff and by the number of conferences, talks and guest lectures that take place each year.
At the heart of the Department’s diversity is a common commitment to the intellectual development and welfare of all our postgraduate students and to cultural history and theory in their broadest sense. There is a special emphasis in the Department on interdisciplinarity – the deployment of approaches from disciplines such as history, sociology, politics, economics and linguistics alongside the theories and practices belonging to literary, film and cultural studies. It is this mix that enables the Department, its academic staff and its graduate students to offer supervisory expertise in social theory, gender studies, feminist theory, popular culture and film studies as well as in transatlantic and post-colonial studies and all forms of literature from the medieval to the contemporary.
Information for international students
If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.
English language requirements
Overall score 7.0 with a minimumscore of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.
Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.
Fees and funding
Learn more about current funding opportunities at the course page.
Qualification and course duration
MA by research
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Administrator
- +44 (0)1392 725306