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English MA

English MA

The English MA is an exciting programme at DMU, taught by internationally renowned staff with cutting edge research in medieval manuscripts, Shakespeare, screen adaptations and early modern printing.

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Overview

The English MA 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 from 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, developing your own specialisms, enables you to produce your best possible work.

Key features

  • Specialist areas of study 
    provide an opportunity to develop advanced English skills through expert supervision in a topic of your own choosing which you develop across the programme, such as film adaptation, periodical culture or romanticism.
  • Specialist staff with international reputations 
    in areas ranging from medieval manuscripts to postmodernism will work with you in groups and in regular one-to-one sessions.
  • Research and transferable skills 
    are developed through practical training in writing for publication, teaching and research, presenting work and event management, providing you with up-to-date skills in presenting work, publishing, research and managing cultural events.
  • Preparation for further study 
    as the MA, with its focus on individual research, provides ideal preparation for progression to PhD as well as establishing an excellent grounding for careers in education, the arts and the media.
  • Participation in major research events
    through the Centre for Adaptations and Centre for Textual Studies which will provide you with your own working spaces, opportunities to participate in international conferences and to meet researchers from all over the world.

 

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time.

Start date: September 2021


Fees and funding:
 For 2021/22 tuition fees for UK/EU students will be £8,350 (full-time) per year, £4,175 (part-time) per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: One year full-time

Start date: September 2021


Fees and funding international: For 2021/22 tuition fees will be £14,600 per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

You should have the equivalent or above of a 2:2 UK bachelor’s honours degree.

We encourage and welcome applications from applicants with a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives and all non-standard applications will be considered.

Interview

Non-standard applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

 

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band, or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Programme structure 

 

Core modules

  • Structure and Variation in Language
  • Meaning in Language
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Psycholinguistics
  • Conference Organisation and Presentation

Click here for more detailed module information.

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current

 

Overview

At the beginning of the year, you will be asked to complete learning contracts in collaboration with your personal tutor which will identify the main areas you wish to pursue across the programme, such as Romanticism, adaptations, periodical writing or early modern printing, which will form the basis for all your assessments. For example, a student wishing to pursue the English MA in the area of Shakespeare and film, may wish to conduct a literature search on work on Shakespeare adaptations, write a book review on Russell Jackson’s Shakespeare and the English-speaking Cinema (2014), design a poster outlining the various film adaptations of The Taming of the Shrew, present a conference paper on Laurence Olivier’s 1948 film of Hamlet and write a dissertation on the Shakespeare films of Laurence Olivier.

The motivation for the masters programme is to develop your skills from module to module, ensuring that each module develops skills that will contribute to the following module. The course consists of 180 credits with four 30-credit modules followed by a 60-credit dissertation, moving from taught to research-based study. The programme introduces you to a range of approaches and subject areas within the Humanities, to be translated into your choice of assessment topic. You will commence the course with two taught programmes in English research methodologies and in Humanities research skills training. In the second term, you are trained in conference planning and presentation in which you will participate in the organisation and delivery of a Humanities conference in which you will have the opportunity to present your work. Following from these opportunities to present and receive feedback, you will focus on independent work in which you will lay the groundwork for your dissertation of 15,000 words.

The programme is designed to provide for intense immersive learning for those who wish to complete in a year, as well as to suit those who need to fit their study around busy and demanding professional and personal lives. 

Contact hours
In your first two terms you will normally attend around 3 hours of timetabled taught sessions including lectures, tutorials and workshop and studio sessions each week, and be expected to undertake at least 32 hours of independent study each week. Your third term will be pre-dominantly self-directed (including meetings with your supervisor), during which you can expect to undertake 35 hours of independent study each week.

 

 

Full-time students:

Semester 1 has been designed to introduce students to methodologies in English and to provide both practical and theoretical training in developing research to Masters Level. You will be taught in lunchtime sessions two modules, English Research Training and Putting Methods into Practice. You will meet your personal tutor in the first week of term and design a learning contract, outlining the areas you wish to cover over the three semesters.

Semester 2 develops from the first semester and offers you a taught module on Conference Organisation and Presentation and a self-directed study in which you prepare the groundwork for your final dissertation, in a critical survey and/or case study.

Semester 3 is devoted to the final 15,000-word dissertation that should build on the work completed over the previous semesters.

Part-time students:

Year 1 Semester 1 offers support alongside full-time students in English Research Training and Putting Methods into Practice. These modules will be taught back-to-back during lunchtimes each week during term and you will submit work for English Research Training in Year one, first semester and for Putting Methods into Practice in Year one, third semester.

Year 1 Semester 2 focuses on the development and consolidation of practice from semester one in Conference Organisation and Presentation.

Year 1 Semester 3 provides you with an opportunity for independent learning and reflection based on the workshops in Putting Methods into Practice. You are offered this time to prepare your assessments.

Year 2 Semester 1: During this semester you will complete the Project Research Training module, a self-directed study in which you prepare the groundwork for your final dissertation, in a critical survey and/or case study.

Year 2 Semester 2 and 3 are devoted to the final 15,000-word dissertation that should build on the work completed over the previous semesters.

Facilities and features

Facilities

The course offers opportunities to visit archives in De Montfort University (such as the newly acquired Andrew Davies archive of scripts, correspondence and unperformed screenplays) and afield, for example the British Library or British Film Institute in London.

You are provided with a dedicated space in the ground floor of the Clephan Building that includes computers, scanners, printers and social area.

Library

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

 

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

 

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DMU Global

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

 

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Graduate careers

Students can undertake careers in a range of areas, including events management, teaching and further research including PhD research.

Two of our graduates are now at Meisei University, Tokyo as university lecturers and another is a copywriter for Anker, a technology company created by ex-Google developers in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.

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Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

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