MRes

English Literary Research

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Part-time (day & evening) / Full-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 2 / 1 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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The course is designed to provide you with the independence of a research degree with some of the guidance of a taught master’s. You will learn about approaches to the study of literature, and will have the opportunity to study authors, literary movements, themes or critical ideas in depth.

We are pleased to consider any literary topic but applicants are advised to email us in advance so we can match your interest with staff expertise.

What you'll study

Studying alongside our team of academics you will become embedded in our research culture.  You will learn about approaches to the study of literature, and will have the opportunity to study authors, literary movements, themes or critical ideas in depth.

The course has been designed to provide you with the independence of a research degree with some of the guidance of a taught masters. Central to the course is the dissertation, which allows you to explore, in detail, your area of literary interest. You will take part in one to-one tutorials and the supervisor will offer advice on developing appropriate study methods and provide feedback on drafts of the dissertation.

Within the course you will take part in student-led symposia.  These will give you the opportunity to present and exchange ideas on other students’ work.  These sessions lead to a study proposal that gives a detailed description of the dissertation topic.  The symposia encourage discussion, cooperation and the sharing of problems and solutions.

Whether you wish to take this course as a route to a PhD or as a stand-alone degree, the course structure and its assessments enable you to research a literary interest deeply, organise your ideas effectively, develop your written and oral expression, and to interact in productive ways with your peers.

Specialist awards are available in:

  • MRes English Literary Research - Gay and Lesbian Studies;
  • MRes English Literary Research - Modernism;
  • MRes English Literary Research - Post colonialism;
  • MRes English Literary Research - Romanticism;
  • MRes English Literary Research - Travel Writing;
  • MRes English Literary Research - US American Literature; and
  • MRes English Literary Research - Women's writing
  • Modules

    This course is divided into modules, which are worth a number of credit points, and are separately taught and assessed.  To get your degree you have to pass all modules to collect 180 credit points.

    • Theoretical Approaches (30 credit points): An Advanced Introduction – through two-hour sessions, taught by seminar you will examine a range of literary theories.  You will consider how their application to a variety of texts shapes our reading of the texts and our understanding of the theories themselves.
    • The Symposia (30 credit points): You will explore key theoretical and practical issues in relation to English studies in general, specific texts and practices, and to your individual dissertation topics in particular.  You will develop interpretations appropriate to postgraduate level working in a supportive, problem-solving environment based on round-table discussion.
    • Dissertation (120 credit points): The dissertation is the cornerstone of the MRes in English Literary Research.  It provides the core research project which draws together students’ understanding and skills from other elements of the English Literary Research MRes course.  It is an opportunity to demonstrate flair and imagination within the subject as well as rigorous analytic and research design abilities.

How you’re taught

Assessment

You will write an essay of 4,000 words examining an aspect of one or more of the theories examined in the core course. The second assessment is a 4,000-word study proposal, outlining your dissertation plans. It will present information on your aims and methodology, offer a provisional chapter breakdown, summarise your likely argument and provide a selective, annotated bibliography.

The 20,000-word dissertation is the main focus of your study and as such it accounts for two thirds of the overall marks for the MRes. This is on a topic of your choice, subject to staff approval, and is agreed in outline when you join the course. You are strongly encouraged to discuss your ideas informally with the Programme Leader or prospective supervisor before applying. You will have an individual supervisor allocated when offered a place on the course. Dissertation tutorials will take place between you and your nominated supervisor. The supervisor will offer advice on developing appropriate study methods and provide feedback on drafts of the dissertation.

My Inkspiration

Here at NTU, we're enthusiastic about the English subject and wish to express a similar enthusiasm to our students. We're fully committed to teaching and seek to convey our insights, understanding and expertise to you as clearly and effectively as possible. Here, we talk about the authors who have inspired us and instilled in us a passion for the subject that we teach.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills;
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad; and
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the ULP.

Careers and employability

This course will help you to develop a broad range of skills transferable to many job roles. Recent graduates have pursued a range of careers (including teaching) or have gone onto doctoral or postdoctoral research.

Although this course does not offer a formal placement, all of our courses are vocationally focused and will help you develop a broad range of transferable skills.

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (minimum 2.2) in English or a related subject
  • We are pleased to consider any literary topic but applicants are advised to email us in advance so we can match your interest with staff expertise.
  • Prospective students are required to submit a 400 word outline of their proposed topic at the time of application
  • Applications from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our pre-masters and foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us?

Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide. You can apply for this course throughout the year. Most of our postgraduate and professional courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

CourseHome / EU 
full-time
Home / EU 
part-time
MRes English Literary Research £6,900£3,450
MRes English Literary Research (including Alumni 25% discount)£5,175£2,587.50

All fees stated are for September 2018 entry.

Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Fees may be subject to change.

Please see our postgraduate fees, scholarships and bursaries page for more information.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Find out more about our terms and conditions of study for this course.

CourseInternational
full-time
MRes English Literary Research£13,250
MRes English Literary Research (including Alumni 25% discount)£9,937.50

All fees stated are for September 2018 entry. Fees may be subject to change.

Please see our postgraduate fees, scholarships and bursaries page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Find out more about our terms and conditions of study for this course.

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