MA English by Research

The MA English by Research is your opportunity to conduct in-depth research on a topic of your choice from the field of modern literary studies, relative to an area of staff expertise. This piece of original research will usually be based on close study of the primary texts as well as engagement with critical, contextual and theoretical material as appropriate. You will conduct your research under the close supervision of a member of staff.

Study Mode
2017
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 18 Months January Treforest A
Full-time 18 Months April Treforest A
Full-time 18 Months October Treforest A
Part-time 36 Months January Treforest A
Part-time 36 Months April Treforest A
Part-time 36 Months October Treforest A
Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 18 Months January Treforest A
Full-time 18 Months April Treforest A
Full-time 18 Months October Treforest A
Part-time 36 Months January Treforest A
Part-time 36 Months April Treforest A
Part-time 36 Months October Treforest A

Your research topic will be decided in consultation with a member of the English team. An individual supervisor will be assigned during the application and interview process and you will then work closely with them.

Dissertation supervision for the MA English by Research is available in the following broad areas:

  • 19th Century Literature
  • 20th Century and Contemporary Literature
  • Women’s Writing
  • Feminist Theory
  • Welsh Writing in English
  • Welsh Women’s Writing
  • Gothic Studies
  • Religious Poetry
  • Postcolonial literatures
  • Historical fictions

For more details of staff expertise see the English Research pages.

Teaching

Once a research area has been identified and a research programme agreed, you can begin researching and writing your dissertation. You will determine its content, development and structure in regular consultation with your dissertation supervisor. You will produce a dissertation 25,000 words in length.

Assessment

The MA English by Research is assessed by a dissertation and a viva voce (oral examination). The dissertation should be 25,000 words in length.

A good Honours degree in English or English related subjects (2:1 or above). Non-standard qualifications and experiential learning will also be taken into account.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to have an IELTS score of 8.0.

All applicants for research degrees must submit an online application accompanied by a research proposal which will be considered by the Faculty Research Programmes Committee (FRPC). For further information please visit our Graduate Research Office pages.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2016 - July 2017 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £4121 
  • Full-time International:  £13100 
  • Part-time UK and EU:  £2061 

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £4195 
  • Full-time International:  £13100 
  • Part-time UK and EU:  £2098 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.    

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Admissions statement 

The MA by research is an excellent qualification for further postgraduate study at MPhil or PhD level. Alternatively graduates will have developed the research skills needed for a range of careers in the arts, media, industry and public or private sectors, including teaching, public administration and publishing.

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