School of Humanities and Performing Arts

MRes English

Do you want to explore a literary topic you’re passionate about, with the potential to advance into MPhil or PhD study and an academic career? Join a vibrant, growing research community and acquire the skills necessary to carry out your own extended project. You’ll have expert guidance and individual supervision from staff specialising in a range of critical fields, from the 17th century to the present day.

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Key features

  • Pursue your own specific research interests in English, culminating in an extended dissertation, with the guidance of an individual supervisor.
  • Join a thriving research community which fosters the sharing of knowledge and academic enquiry through research seminars, academic conferences, and visiting writers and critics.
  • Acquire a sophisticated range of subject specific and interdisciplinary research skills through tutorials, seminars and workshops.
  • Enjoy full access to the University’s library and electronic resources, including the Rare Books Room which includes materials on literature, history, architecture and the visual arts.
  • Benefit from adaptable study routes, allowing you to find a means of studying that fits around your other commitments.
  • Draw on staff expertise in a wealth of diverse areas, from the history of the book and reading to film and drama.
  • Broaden your knowledge by undertaking interdisciplinary work across traditional subject boundaries, for example in visual culture, psychology and psychoanalysis, representations of childhood and gender studies.
  • Progress from your undergraduate studies on a route that prepares you to become a researcher or do a PhD.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • MRes English is available full time (one year). If you wish to study part time, the ResM pathway includes the same taught modules and also leads to a written thesis. Unlike the MRes however, you can submit your thesis after 24-36 months. You’ll study two taught modules providing you with the expertise to excel in your 22,500 to 25,000 word thesis. In term one you’ll take research methods and debates, gaining both discipline-specific skills and an understanding of current debates in English. Assessment will revolve around contextual study or literature review, communication skills and subject-specific frameworks. Research in the arts and humanities is cross-disciplinary and taught via six all-day workshops in terms one and two. It’s assessed by a research portfolio and presentation. Finally, the thesis is taught by intensive one-to-one supervision. Students may devise a topic of their choice, but are encouraged to choose an area of staff expertise to gain maximum support and guidance.
    Core modules
    • MARE700 Research in the Arts and Humanities

      This module provides students with research skills training and a critical awareness of different methodological approaches in the arts, humanities, cultural industries and associated fields, to enable them to make appropriate choices in their own research. It is designed to complement and support individual research projects carried out by students.

    • MAEL700 Research Methods and Debates in Literary and Cultural Studies

      This module will provide research skills including library and IT skills, the use of databases, archival research and the structuring, managing, and presentation of a project. It will explore current areas of debate within literary studies in English, including the nature of cross-disciplinary research, and may include breakaway session's specific to the exit awards.

    • MARE701 Masters Thesis in the Humanities and/or Performing Arts

      This module provides the opportunity to engage in autonomous research within the humanities, performing arts and related interdisciplinary fields. Students work closely with a supervisor in order to structure and present a substantial piece of research which has been informed by appropriate methodological and critical frameworks. It is delivered via independent study, supervisory tutorials and research group discussion.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

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The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

For entry to postgraduate level, you should normally possess one of the following:

  • first or upper second (2:1) degree with honours (in English or a related field) or professional qualification, recognised as being equivalent to degree standard
  • an ordinary degree, foundation degree, higher national diploma, or university diploma, accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field

 Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

 English language requirement

 If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required.

 The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 7.

View our English language requirements.

 For further advice on the appropriateness of overseas qualification and proficiency in English, please contact our International Office.

Fees, costs and funding

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ResM with the School of Humanities and Performing Arts - further details

You can also take this course as a Research Masters (ResM). With the ResM you'll have some taught elements and an extended research phase. There is the option to study full time or part time.

You may also have the opportunity to progress directly into a PhD programme.

English and creative writing research

Our staff have published extensively and internationally across a diverse range of fields in literary criticism and creative writing.

Supporting over 50 academics, the Centre for Humanities, Music and Performing Arts Research (HuMPA) recognises the school's research excellence.

Visit the English and creative writing website