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English, Theatre and Arts MRes

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Full time | Main Site | 1 year | OCT-21

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

English Language Theatre & Dramatic Arts

Course type


Course Summary

The MRes in English, Theatre and Arts offers students who have completed an MA the unique opportunity to research a project of their own by writing a fully developed, high-quality piece of research. You will work with a supervisor on your project, shaping it by taking modules in research skills and development of methods and skills specifically related to your field.

If you have achieved an MA and you want to develop an idea over greater length, with support but also independence, then this is the course for you.


Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.


Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.


Graduates go into careers in teaching or use their research skills for posts in the Civil Service, theatre and culture industries.


On this module you will audit another module from an appropriate Master's programme, as agreed with your supervisor and convenor, to provide a critical and primary context for your chosen topic. You will meet with your supervisor for two hours to shape the assessment and discuss the contextualisation of the research.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2.2 or above) and an MA, with at least one of these degrees being in a closely relevant disciplinary area. Students who do not achieve these criteria may still be considered for entry if they demonstrate the required level of intellectual commitment and potential. Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

University information

With a history that dates back 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London is unique in that it delivers its near-300 postgraduate courses in the evenings, enabling students to work or focus on other commitments during the day. Courses can be studied full-time or part-time and some can be studied through distance learning. Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research universities and provides its 700 postgraduate research student with a...more

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