Research course

Modern Languages

University of Nottingham · School of Modern Languages and Cultures
MA by research

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Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities or social science subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA (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 35,000 words in length.

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA by research
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
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