The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA by Research is an upper second honours degree (2:1) from a UK university or a qualification of an equivalent standard, in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed. For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification (the minimum of IELTS 7.0 overall with no element lower than 6.5, or equivalent, will be considered acceptable). Further information on international entry requirements and English language entry requirements is available on our international webpages.
Months of entry
January, September, April
A Master's by Research (MA) allows you to undertake a one year (full-time) research degree. It contains little or no formal taught component. This type of study gives you the chance to explore a creative idea over a shorter time than a more in-depth doctoral programme.
Research Master's students choose a specific project to work on and have a great degree of independence in their work.
You'll be expected to work to an approved programme of work which you will develop in conjunction with your supervisor within the first few months of starting your studies. Your main supervisor will normally head a supervisory team which will comprise up to three members. The research supervisor will take the lead in advising you and supporting you as you work on your project.
Whilst undertaking the research project you will develop your research skills by taking part in postgraduate skills workshops and attending research seminars and other events. You will also have the opportunity to present your research to your peers, including at the subject area's postgraduate conference.
You'll be part of an active and exciting research community in English Literature and Creative Writing at Huddersfield.
At the end of the project you'll present your creative and critical work in the form of a short thesis of around 25,000 words, which will then be examined.
On successful completion, you will be awarded your degree and if you have enjoyed this taste of research you may then decide to apply for the full research doctoral degree (PhD).
Novels, short fiction, verse and writing for stage and screen
Fees and funding
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If you are an international student please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and available support.
Qualification and course duration
MA by research
Course contact details
- Admissions (AX508 FT/AX568 PT)
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