New English MA course allows students full creativity


Students looking to research deeply into the writing which most interests them can now take advantage of a new English MA offered by De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

The new postgraduate course allows students to pursue their own areas of interest, backed up by taught-modules, giving them the freedom to create the kind of study programme they want.


Delivered by leading scholars in English Literature, English Language and Creative Writing, the course offers four taught 30-credit module and one 60-credit dissertation, all centred on the students' choice of specialism.

Applications are welcome in a range of areas, including:

  • Early modern printing
  • Medieval manuscripts
  • Shakespeare and his contemporaries
  • Romantic poetry
  • Victorian literature
  • Modernism and modernist magazines
  • Working class literature
  • Film adaptations of canonical and popular texts
  • Contemporary writing
  • Screenwriting
  • English language
  • Digital humanities

Along with academic research and study, the course teaches students practical skills involved in humanities research, ranging from first-hand experience of conference management, presenting work and writing for publication.

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This enables the course to act as a stepping-stone to either research at PhD level or a career in teaching, publishing, research or event management.

Professor Deborah Cartmell, course leader, said: "The beauty of the course is its adaptability to the interests of the student.

"Half it is taught and half is one-to-one. So you can come to the course with an interest and we can build the course around that.

"We are also making sure that you come out with practical skills and experience, so there will be opportunities to write and publish reviews, organise events - which will involve booking and managing venues, overseeing the whole process - and meet with other researchers and attend international conferences.

"This will increase the employability of graduates."

Posted on Monday 27th March 2017

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