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MA English Literature by Research

University of Buckingham
Length: 1 year / 2 years
Study pace: Full time/part time
Education level: Master's degree
Location: Buckingham
Language: English

Program description

The MA English Literature by Research aims to revitalise a students love of English literature - whcih may have become numbed by the repetitive demands of set books - by researching into an author or area of their own choosing.

The Buckingham MA does not aim to offer systematic instruction in English Literature, nor does it require written examinations on broad areas of the subject; instead, the emphasis is on independent research. During the programme, students complete, under supervision, a 30,000 – 40,000 word research dissertation on a suitable subject in English literature from 1550 to the present day. The English Department has particular expertise in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, but proposals for research in other areas will be considered.

Those who have some leisure time to devote to study may be attracted by a programme in which they can explore in depth their own literary interests.

In the first term of MA English Literature by Research there are core seminars on research methodology; there are then two seminars in each of the subsequent three terms on a range of literary topics, led by Buckingham academics and eminent guest lecturers. These seminars, held in the early evening, are not only of interest and value in themselves, but also allow students to meet together and benefit from each other’s experiences.

While the final thesis must be the candidate’s independent work, it is the supervisor who offers advice on refining the topic (if necessary), on primary sources, on secondary reading, on research techniques and on writing the final thesis. Supervisors and candidates meet frequently throughout the year, and not less than twice a term; and the supervisor is always the candidate’s primary contact for academic advice and support.

Admission requirements

Students wishing to study the MA English Literature by Research degree must meet the following requirements:

  • First or Second class undergraduate degree
  • IELTS of 6.5 or TOEFL of 233


A single half-fees scholarship and two exhibitions of £1,000 may be awarded annually to outstanding candidates from the UK and EU.

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University of Buckingham

The University of Buckingham was founded in 1976. It is the only independent University in the United Kingdom to hold a royal charter, which gives it the power to award its own degrees. It is a non profit-making charity. From...

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University of Buckingham

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