MA (Res) English
Full-time 12 months
Part-time 24 months
The MA in English gives students a through grounding in research methods, making use of such world-renowned archives as the Beckett Archive. In the early stages, this MA also invites students to think in the nature, range, traditions and preoccupations of English studies. What are the implications of organising study around terms such as 'Renaissance,' Victorian', or 'Modern,' and how do these categories sustain or otherise interact with ideas of class, sexuality, nation, race, or form? These components of methods and concepts then open out into a wide choice of options across periods and national traditions. This MA may be especially suitable for students who plan to become teachers, and who believe that postgraduate study will enhance their professional versatility, but it will also be of interest to students whose research interests cut across normal disciplinary boundaries.
Students take core modules on Materiality and Textuality, and Modern English Studies, and then have a choice from the options available on the MAs in Early Modern Literature, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and Modern and Contemporary Writing. All of the taught modules are assessd by essay. These seminar courses are followed by guided research toward a dissertation of 20,000 words.