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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

English Language

Course type


Course Summary

We also offer a Master’s by Research, which can serve as an alternative to the traditional taught MA, whether as a pathway to PhD study or as an independent research qualification. In the course of this one-year (or two-year part-time) degree, you will work towards a dissertation of up to 40,000 words. This is an extended independent research project pursued with the support of a supervisor. You will receive training in research skills, and have access to the wide range of other training opportunities available in the college, including the Researcher Development Programme (RDP).

There is also a taught module which focuses on developing research skills, hosted by the Department of Languages, Literature and Culture. As this course is taught in Autumn term, it is generally expected that the MA by Research will begin in Autumn term, although we may consider Spring term starts where there are exceptional reasons to do so.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

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Entry requirements

We usually expect students to have achieved at least a 2:1 or equivalent in their first degree.