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Full time | Parkgate Road Campus | 1 year | OCT-22

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Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

English Language

Course type


Course Summary

If you have an exciting idea for a research topic in English Literature and/or Language, this is an excellent opportunity.

Course overview

The MRes in English is designed to allow you to develop and complete an independent research project in English Literature and/or Language, with the support of a well-qualified supervisor. An initial Research Methods module will ensure that you have the necessary skills to advance to the dissertation.

Why study this course with us?

Your supervisor will be part of a team of active researchers, with a specialism in the field you wish to pursue, and therefore well-placed to help you shape your project. You will also be joining a dynamic community of postgraduate researchers in the Department of English and Faculty of Arts and Humanities. While you will be developing as an autonomous and independent researcher, the Department recognises the importance of academic guidance and pastoral care, and offers a supportive and creative environment in which to learn and study.

Teaching methods

While the MRes requires substantial independent study, you will be expected to have regular meetings with your supervisor, attend research skills training events in the Department and the Faculty, and use the online Postgraduate Research Development tools. You will also be expected to attend postgraduate and staff research seminars.


You will be assessed through coursework - for example book reviews, annotated bibliographies, essays, reports, presentations - and a dissertation.

Job prospects

The MRes is an ideal pathway to PhD for those who are considering a future career in academia, but the strengths developed during the degree, such as advanced communication, analytical, and research skills, will be attractive to employers in a wide range of fields.


This module allows students to outline their own needs and requirements as they begin their Master?s-level study of literature or language, as well as noting the cultural omniscience and significance of English studies. Students will explore how English works with culture, identity, nationality, and ethnicity, and how ?narratives? makes sense, on an analytical level, to different readers. Key methodologies to language and literature will be considered, and, by the end of the module, the students will be conversant with major critical discussions concerning English studies. They will also have garnered an awareness of the importance of their own definitions of key terminology for their research, as well as the approaches necessary to for their research dissertation. The module will include, among other topics: Traditional Research Methods; Using Libraries and Archives; Research for Writing; Writing as Research; New practices in Research Methods/Creative Writing; Creative Writing as a Research Methodology; Issues in Collecting Written and Spoken Data; Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in English Language Research.

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Entry requirements

Applicants normally require a 2:1 honours degree in English Literature, English Language, or English Literature and Language, but consideration will be given to those who hold a lower classification who can demonstrate they are capable of performing at the level required to complete the course successfully. Applicants are subject to written application, research proposal, evidence of written work, references, and interview.

University information

From a teaching college established in 1839, to becoming the University of Chester in 2005, over 180 years of academic growth has allowed the University to offer an extensive selection of postgraduate courses and research options across a number of specialist sites. This includes five sites in and around Chester, a campus in Warrington, a University Centre in Shrewsbury, and a new health and nursing education facility, Marriss House, in...more

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