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Daisy Ferris


United Kingdom
My supervisors have been fantastic throughout my experience of postgraduate study so far; allowing me the space to go away and work independently, but always being on hand to offer support as and when I need it.

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Daisy is now completing a PhD here at Nottingham Trent University with the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.

Why did you decide to do postgraduate study?

“I suppose I pursued postgraduate study because I was passionate about the subject area, and also because I didn’t want to go back to working a regular 9-5 job again. What I love most about postgraduate study is the freedom it allows. Being on my own schedule, researching an area that interests me, without being answerable to anyone else is basically my dream come true. I loved those aspects of undergraduate study, so postgraduate study, (which is even more independent, even more personalised, etc.) seemed like the logical next step.”

What made you choose NTU for both your MA course and then your PhD?

“A strong contributing factor was the support I got from my supervisors throughout both my MA and PhD, and the fact that their research interests fit in so well with my own. I was able to develop a good working relationship with them during my MA, which has continued into my PhD. Overall, I feel like NTU is successful in offering a warm, friendly environment for students, and a lively research community for PGRs to get involved in.”

Tell us a little bit about your PhD Thesis.

“I’m approaching the end of my first year of study, researching women’s use of humour and parody in modernist magazines. My thesis looks at five women writers who published in periodicals between 1890-1920, exploring the ways in which they combined the use of humour with a modernist aesthetic. I am supervised by NTU’s Cathy Clay and Andrew Thacker, along with Sarah Davison at the University of Nottingham, and am funded by Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.”

What did you enjoy most about your course at NTU?

“The best thing about the Mres in English Literary Research is the freedom and flexibility it allows for. The course is designed around the completion of a 20,000 word independent research project. It places a major emphasis on independent study and is, in my opinion, much better than a standard taught masters in preparing students for PhD. It has also been designed to help support students through funding application processes, and give them the best chance of being accepted onto a PhD programme after completion.”

What do you think about NTU staff – include lecturers, tutors, administrators and technical staff within this. How do they support your learning and University experience?

“As mentioned above, my supervisors have been fantastic throughout my experience of postgraduate study so far; allowing me the space to go away and work independently, but always being on hand to offer support as and when I need it. I have also only ever had good experiences with the library staff, who are invaluable on a course like this, and have always been efficient and eager to help whenever I have needed them.”

Why would you recommend the MA course / NTU to someone looking to study in that area?

“I think the Mres English Literary Research is ideally suited to someone wishing to apply for a PhD in English. It definitely helped me to bridge the gap between undergraduate and PhD study, and to develop the ideas which would later comprise my thesis. Unlike many taught masters, the Mres allows the space and freedom for students to complete a fully-developed extended research project, offering as much or as little support from staff as they require. The course design is also well-suited to complete alongside work or family commitments, requiring a very few compulsory contact hours.”

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