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English (Master of Arts part 2) (A816) MA

English (Master of Arts part 2) (A816) MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

English Language English Literature

Course type


Course Summary

This course enables you to complete your MA in English by producing a dissertation on a topic that you choose yourself, guided by your tutor and building on the study areas and approaches you explored in MA English part 1 (A815). This provides a satisfying culmination to your studies enabling you to demonstrate your command of scholarly techniques and your skill in devising, planning and writing an extended research project in literature. Highly rewarding in its own right, the MA dissertation is also an ideal preparation for doctoral level research and for a wide range of careers.

In this course you will move on to the planning and research for the MA dissertation, which will be on a topic and texts of your own choice. You will have the opportunity to draw on the study areas and approaches you explored in MA English part 1 (A815), including issues of intertextuality, translation, adaptation or book history. There will be two specific stages of guidance before you submit your final dissertation: firstly, you will devise your topic and prepare an outline proposal in consultation with your tutor; and secondly, a month or so later, you will prepare a sample chapter on which you will receive feedback from your tutor. You will then spend the rest of the year completing the dissertation. This is your chance to work independently to develop a topic in which you are passionately interested, and to exercise and enhance the skills you have acquired during part 1 of the MA. This second part of a two-part programme, which, continuing from part 1, will: further develop the skills you acquired in part 1 of the MA and enable you to apply them in a research project and dissertation; further enhance your knowledge and understanding of how competing and overlapping critical and theoretical perspectives bear upon the practice of literary research at postgraduate level; provide further training in research tools and methods appropriate to postgraduate study in literature and enable you to design a programme of independent research and writing.

Different course options

Distance without attendance | Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom | 9 months | MAY

Study mode

Distance without attendance


9 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Not known

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Normally you must have completed MA English part 1 (A815) (or the discontinued modules AA810 and either A811 or A813) before you take this module. Alternatively, you can complete your MA by taking A816 if you have already gained 120 credits from the discontinued MA in Literature (F29).