Postgraduate study options in the Institute of English

Creative Writing MA

The Creative Writing MA is for those who want to expand their writing practice through innovative themed modules, and have the opportunity to write a long-project in a chosen genre. It is a practice-led programme with taught modules and extended projects, giving students the chance to develop their writing in chosen areas, or experiment with new forms and genres. Students will follow craft and writing industry-focused modules, and have the chance to explore other specialisms via a module audit or to carry out a negotiated project driven by their own interests. There are modules in research skills for writers, which help students shape and grow their projects and give them a theoretical basis to discuss and conceptualise their own work.

Towards the end of the course, students have the chance to carry out an extended piece of creative work independently, with tutor guidance and feedback. The course is ideal for students wishing to enrich or expand their current creative practice, but also a very thorough preparation for those who wish to go on to a PhD in Creative Writing. For part-time students we offer different attendance patterns in the afternoon or evening throughout the course, to make it easier to fit your learning around work and other commitments.

English MA

The English MA is an exciting new programme at DMU, taught by internationally renowned staff with cutting-edge research in medieval manuscripts, Shakespeare, screen adaptations and early modern printing. It offers the best of both taught and research-focused postgraduate courses, enabling students to concentrate on their chosen assessments and individual interests, while teaching them the practical skills involved in humanities research, ranging across first-hand experience of conference management, presenting work and writing for publication. It is an ideal stepping-stone to either research at PhD level or a career in teaching, publishing, research or event management. The focus on individual choice and developing your own specialisms enables you to produce your best possible work.

English Language MA

The English Language MA offers the best of both taught and research-focused postgraduate courses, enabling students to tailor their programme to their individual interests while teaching them the practical skills involved in English language research. Taught modules cover meaning, structure and variation in language, and research skills, with options in psycholinguistics and conference organisation. Teaching staff are active researchers with interests including pragmatics, cognitive linguistics, sociolinguistics and rhetoric. The programme is ideal preparation for either research at PhD level or a career in teaching, publishing or research.

English Language Teaching MA

The English Language Teaching MA explores contemporary research issues and a variety of teaching methodologies in English Language Teaching (ELT). You will broaden your understanding of the theoretical and practical issues faced by ELT teachers and learners in the classroom.

Humanities research degree MPhil/PhD

DMU’s research in English Language and Literature is world-leading in areas ranging from medieval to contemporary literature, language, creative writing and digital humanities. Our acclaimed scholars work at the cutting-edge and the quality of our research is internationally recognised. In addition to publishing monographs, collections, editions and studies, we contribute to wider academic debate through international conferences, editorial boards, media interviews and peer reviews.

English is home to three international journals – Adaptation, Shakespeare and Theatre Notebook – and is a venue for international conferences and symposia. We also have an excellent track record in employability, with our research students going on to careers at Columbia University and the universities of Tuzla, Leeds, Bangor, Portsmouth and Bath, as well as DMU.

The Centre for Textual Studies is devoted to traditional textual scholarship and the use of new and emerging technologies to support the development of literary culture. Fields of study include bibliography, textual criticism, scholarly editing, adaptation studies, the sociology of bibliography, book history and periodical studies. We encourage research that strengthens the ties among these related fields and draws on advanced electronic technologies.

The Centre for Adaptations is an interdisciplinary centre that draws on the research of colleagues in Film Studies, Media Studies, Drama and English to produce innovative approaches to the study of the adaptation and is home to the international Association of Adaptation Studies. We have a lively research culture and host several conferences a year. Key areas of study include the translation of literary texts to stage or screen and back again, and the development and transformation of characters and motifs across various media. We host the journal, Adaptation (Oxford University Press) and the book series, Adaptation Histories (Bloomsbury), and organise workshops that bring together academics from universities across Europe, Australia and America.

For information regarding postgraduate research contact Professor Gabriel Egan,

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