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 research topic 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 greater degree of independence in their work than is the case with a taught Master's course.
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. Whilst undertaking the research project you will also have the opportunity to develop your research skills by taking part in training courses and events.
You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members to advise and support you on your project.
At the end of the project you'll write up your findings in the form of a short thesis of around 25,000 words, which will then be examined by both an internal and an external examiner.
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).
We welcome proposals on writers or texts from the Renaissance, the Romantic era, the Victorian period, modernism, postmodernism and contemporary literature and are especially interested in working with students on innovative critical approaches to both traditional/ canonical and non-traditional or non-canonical texts. We welcome theoretical proposals relating to gender studies, ecocriticism, cultural gerontology, contemporary philosophy, and emerging critical approaches. We’re also equipped to supervise dissertations on literary texts in English beyond the British Isles. Recent work includes research into the diasporic writing of South Asian Women, literatures of partition, early 20th Century feminist and author Charlotte Haldane, and the contemporary post-apocalypse
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
MA by research
Course contact details
- Admissions (AX517 FT/AX565 PT)
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