During the course you will be taught through a range of methods, including:
- individual supervisions
- directed and self-directed study, writing and research time
In seminars a small group of students (normally between 3 and 13 participants) is led in a discussion of texts and issues by a tutor. For each seminar you will read the set texts and prepare other work, which may include a presentation. For workshops on the ‘Research Methods’ core module you will be taught together with students from other MAs in English, working together on problem-solving, research, and presentation skills.
For your dissertation, you will have one-on-one supervision from a member of staff with an interest in your chosen topic. The diverse research interests of staff means that we can offer an impressive breadth of expertise for dissertation supervision.
In addition to the teaching for modules, we organise a number of extra-curricular events at which academics and researchers from around the country present their latest work. Research seminars are an excellent way to hear about new, unpublished ideas and to develop your own understanding of a field. There are long-established research seminar series covering the Early Modern (Renaissance) and Victorian periods, while other events and special lectures engage with linguistics, Creative Writing, Medieval, and Modern literature.
Assessment on a module usually consists of one or two pieces of written work. Common types include essays in response to a choice from set questions, editorial exercises, critical reviews of recent work in a field, and, on certain option modules, creative writing. Some modules also feature an assessed oral presentation.
Part-time students who take the standard-length dissertation will take the core modules in their first year and the option modules in their second year.