Arts: English MRes

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2019
  • Entry requirements: You will need a 2:1 degree in a relevant subject and are required to submit a sample of written work.
Arts English mres

Module details

Compulsory modules

Research Resources (SOTA701)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To develop skills of independent research, including use of library resources and electronic databases. To identify key primary and secondary resources relevant to the student's field of research. To develop detailed knowledge of existing scholarly debates relevant to the student's field of research.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the use of library resources, electronic databases and other scholarly resources (where appropriate) for purposes of independent research.

(LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate scholarly judgement in the identification of appropriate primary and secondary sources as part of a research project.

(LO3) Students will develop detailed knowledge of existing scholarship, debates and theoretical and/or methodological perspectives in their chosen field of research.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

(S2) Improving own learning/performance - Record-keeping

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures

(S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

(S6) Time and project management - Personal organisation

(S7) Time and project management - Project management

(S8) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S9) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

(S10) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

(S11) Information skills - Record-keeping

(S12) Research skills - All Information skills

(S13) Skills in using technology - Information accessing

(S14) Personal attributes and qualities - Willingness to take responsibility

Feasibility Study (SOTA702)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To produce a preliminary and preparatory essay based on the student's area of research.

To define the scope, methodology and boundaries of the student's research project.

To develop the student's skills of critical writing through the development of a coherent and appropriate academic voice.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate detailed knowledge of and engagement with the existing scholarship within the proposed area of research.

(LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate a coherent methodology appropriate to the area of research.

(LO3) Students will begin to make an original contribution to the area of research through detailed engagement with primary and/or secondary sources as appropriate.

(LO4) Students will strengthen their communication skills in written work through the development of an appropriate and coherent academic voice.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning.

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures.

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation.

(S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – persuading.

(S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills).

(S7) Time and project management - Personal organisation.

(S8) Time and project management - Personal action planning.

(S9) Time and project management - Project planning.

(S10) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis.

(S11) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation.

(S12) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification.

(S13) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking.

(S14) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis.

(S15) Information skills - Critical reading.

(S16) Information skills - Evaluation.

(S17) Research skills - All Information skills.

(S18) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity.

(S19) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc).

(S20) Skills in using technology - Information accessing.

(S21) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative.

Dissertation (SOTA703)
LevelM
Credit level120
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To produce an extended piece of research in an Arts-based subject.

To develop specialist subject knowledge in the student's chosen area of research.

To gain experience of postgraduate-level academic research in the Arts, with a view to possible future progression to doctoral research.

To make an original contribution to knowledge in the field of the Arts.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will acquire detailed specialist knowledge in their chosen field of research and will be able to make an original contribution to knowledge in that field.

(LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of research methodologies in the Arts, as appropriate to the chosen field of research.

(LO3) Students will demonstrate the ability to present original research in a coherent written form, including the use of an appropriate academic voice and accuracy in presentation in referencing.

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures.

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation.

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – persuading.

(S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills).

(S6) Time and project management - Personal organisation.

(S7) Time and project management - Personal action planning.

(S8) Time and project management - Project planning.

(S9) Time and project management - Project management.

(S10) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis.

(S11) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation.

(S12) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification.

(S13) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking.

(S14) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis.

(S15) Information skills - Critical reading.

(S16) Information skills - Evaluation.

(S17) Information skills - Record-keeping.

(S18) Information skills - Information accessing:(Locating relevant information) (Identifying and evaluating information sources).

(S19) Research skills - All Information skills.

(S20) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity.

(S21) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc).

(S22) Skills in using technology - Information accessing.

(S23) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative.

(S24) Personal attributes and qualities - Willingness to take responsibility.

Optional modules

Research Skills (literature) (ENGL601)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To equip the department's postgraduate students with the necessary research skills to make effective, critical interventions in the world of the professional study of English Literature. To equip students with the necessary presentational skills for advanced study in English Literature, including bibliographic and referencing conventions.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) By the end of this module, students will be able to:Demonstrate imaginative,discriminating and systematic use of the wide range of traditional and electronic resources available for producing bibliographies.

(LO2) Demonstrate effective presentational skills for advanced literary study

(LO3) Critically evaluate secondary literature and demonstrate advanced skills in reviewing current scholarship

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

(S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S5) Information skills - Critical reading

(S6) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

(S7) Research skills - All Information skills

(S8) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity

(S9) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

(S10) Skills in using technology - Information accessing

Research Skills (ENGL642)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module aims to help you: develop essential learning skills, develop critical thinking skills, develop academic writing skills,  understand the principles of research design in relation to TESOL and Applied Linguistics, familiarise yourselves with the typical research methodology, understand the importance and procedures of ethical conduct of research projects, design research projects and write your MA dissertations.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate skills in managing learning resources

(LO2) Demonstrate skills in writing academic essays

(LO3) Demonstrate critical thinking skills in reviewing academic articles

(LO4) Demonstrate familarity with and understanding of a range of relevant literature

(LO5) Reflect critcally on existing research in relevant fields

(LO6) Present and defend a plausible and feasible research plan

(LO7) Choose appropriate research methods

(LO8) Analyse data and draw valid interpretations

(S1) Ethical awareness

(S2) Teamwork

(S3) Communicating research skills

(S4) Critical thinking skills

(S5) Search and management skills of internet resources

(S6) Quantitative data analysis skills

(S7) Research project design skills


Students studying the English pathway must take one of the optional modules listed above.