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English Literature (MA by Research)

English Literature (MA by Research)

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Full time | Hope Park | 12 months | OCT-22

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Full time


12 months

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Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

English Literature

Course type


Course Summary


The Masters by Research is a new and exciting programme offered by the School of Humanities at Liverpool Hope University

The programme offers its students the opportunity to research in depth a topic that particularly interests them in the field of English Literature. Research will be supervised and supported by a member of staff within the English Literature team, and will culminate in the production of a 30,000-35,000-word dissertation. This is a great opportunity to develop your identity as an independent literary critic and produce an in-depth, wide ranging piece of academic writing, all with the support of a dedicated and friendly research-active English Literature team behind you.

Students will be asked to think carefully about the historical and cultural contexts of a literary text’s production. They will also be encouraged to examine the effectiveness of theoretical and critical approaches as aids to study and self-development, as resources for the advancement of knowledge and understanding generally, and as a means for generating and investigating creative and independent research questions related to the close reading of literary texts. A taught Advanced Research Skills module will guide you through the stages for exploring and refining your research plan before you embark upon the dissertation itself.

The MA by Research in English Literature will develop students’ capacity for advanced and sustained project management skills. These include outlining, defining and planning a research project, establishing and meeting deadlines, recording and reflecting on outcomes and generating sophisticated and robust arguments. Students will be challenged to find their own academically critical voice that will enable them to discuss their chosen topic against the background of contemporary academic debates.

Why choose Liverpool Hope?

The MA by Research adds value to first degrees by further developing the intellectual, personal and professional capabilities of students. Through their assessed work, successful graduates will have demonstrated complex skills in independent thinking, synthesizing of information, creative problem solving and clear communication both verbally and in written form. The research expertise of English Literature staff at Liverpool Hope is internationally renowned, and we welcome MA by Research students to become part of, and contribute to, our research community.


English at Liverpool Hope University is number 1 in the UK for graduate prospects in the 2020 Complete University Guide. The MA (Res) opens up a rich variety of career opportunities, as it requires students to develop a varied skills base that can be applied to a broad range of organizational settings. Graduates of the MA by Research will have the scope to venture into a number of exciting career paths, for example in education, publishing, media and communication, the Arts, public administration, and community work.

The MA by Research may also be considered by applicants who would like to develop their independent research skills and who may wish to progress onto PhD study.


MA by Research Dissertation (150 Credits) - Core
Advanced Research Skills (30 Credits) - Core

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Entry requirements

A First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in any relevant discipline. Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) may be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

University information

Liverpool Hope University is a research-oriented institution offering a selection of high quality taught and research postgraduate courses. The university is located across two green campuses: Hope Park, just four miles from Liverpool city centre, and the Creative Campus, close to the city centre. There is also a small residential campus at Aigburth Park. Over the last 10 years, there has been a significant investment in buildings and equipment...more