Alex Carabine English MA

Alex Carabine

English MA

What course are you currently studying?

I am currently studying for an English MA.

Why did you choose postgraduate study at the University of Liverpool?

I chose to do my MA at the University of Liverpool because of the flexibility of the Postgraduate Taught pathway that was available.  As I wasn’t ready to specialise yet, I felt that neither a research MA nor a specific pathway were right for me at this stage.  Being able to tailor my MA experience was ideal, as I’m now more confident about honing my studies for my dissertation and PhD.

What’s the best thing about studying in your department?

The staff are the best thing about the English department: they’re not only incredibly knowledgeable about their fields, but they are also enthusiastic, encouraging and take a genuine interest in their students’ work.

How do the facilities in the University help you with your studies?

The Special Collection’s Archive has been invaluable to my research, as it contains useful texts from the eras I’m studying.  It really makes a difference to learn about, for example, Victorian literature and then be able to examine an actual book from the nineteenth century.  It’s definitely more intellectually engaging than just looking at scans online.

What kind of support do you get from tutors?

The tutors at the University are incredibly supportive: if I email with an enquiry, they’re quick to respond; their office hours make it easy to pop in with a question, and they’re also happy to chat after seminars if I need a little extra clarity.  They’ve helped me with essays, PhD proposals and general advice – I couldn’t ask for more.

What do you enjoy most about the whole experience?

I have most enjoyed being intellectually challenged and engaged while at university, as every module I have studied has offered a fresh perspective that I had never considered before.

How do you believe undertaking postgraduate study will help your career prospects?

As I want to enter academia, I think my studies are essential! However, doing both a degree and an MA have helped me to realise that there are different careers I can pursue with English qualifications than I had previously considered.

What advice would you give to anybody considering postgraduate study?

Do your research when choosing modules – don’t just look up the description, but also find the most recent reading list through the library website. This will give you a better gauge as to whether it’s a module you’re actually interested in. Also, look ahead at future modules to make sure that what you pick now can lead to what you want to study later.