Arts: English MRes Add to your prospectus

  • 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

    ​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.

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

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

    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

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

    Students will be able to demonstrate a coherent methodology appropriate to the area of research.​

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

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

    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

    ​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.

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

    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.

    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

    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.

    ​​Demonstrate effective presentational skills for advanced literary study

    ​Critically evaluate secondary literature and demonstrate advanced skills in reviewing current scholarship

    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 methdology 

    understand the importance and procedures of ethical conduct of research projects

    design research projects

    write your MA dissertations

    Learning Outcomesdemonstrate skills in managing learning resources

    ​demonstrate skills in writing academic essays

    ​demonstrate critical thinking skills in reviewing academic articles

    ​demonstrate familarity with and understanding of a range of relevant literature

    ​reflect critcally on existing research in relevant fields

    ​present and defend a plausible and feasible research plan

    ​choose appropriate research methods

    ​analyse data and draw valid interpretations


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