2:1 (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities or social science subject. For PhD-level study, applicants should hold, or be working towards, a masters degree in a relevant subject.
Months of entry
The masters (by research) is a PhD in miniature. You select a topic, in consultation with a prospective supervisor, and over the course of a year’s full-time registration, you gather materials, read reference works you have located yourself or which have been recommended to you by your supervisor, hone your thoughts and your focus, and in the end, produce a thesis of about 30,000 words in length. You can write in English, Spanish or Portuguese.
In the initial stages, your supervisor will send you to a series of Graduate School research preparation courses. Throughout the year, he/she will help you to develop those research skills appropriate to your discipline and type of investigation. You will be expected to attend all departmental research seminars and special lectures, to broaden your horizons. You will also be asked to contribute to the end-of-year Postgraduate Forum with a mini-presentation of your own.
You also have the possibility of registering for, or transferring to, the European Doctorate, which has the advantage of enabling doctoral graduates’ PhDs to be recognised elsewhere in Europe.
For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.
Information for international students
English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.5 in any element).
Fees and funding
The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.
There is also funding information on the School of Cultures, Languages & Area Studies web pages.
For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.
Qualification and course duration
MA by research
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Enquiries
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