You must hold an honours degree to study for our MA in English course. Although your degree need not be in English, you must show some knowledge of the subject, together with the study skills expected of a graduate in this field. The first module brings you up to date with the latest ideas and approaches in English, but does not offer remedial undergraduate training if your qualifications and/or experience are inadequate.
Before you enter the degree you must be able to:
write clear, concise, accurate prose
read large quantities of text quickly, accurately and critically
classify evidence precisely and assess its value and reliability
argue logically, consistently and sceptically
marshal various sorts of evidence to support a logical argument.
To get an idea of whether the level of work involved and the approach taken on this MA is appropriate for you, you are advised to read some sections of material from the set books list for MA English part 1 (A815). In particular, we would suggest that you read the introduction to The Handbook to Literary Research. Chapter 2 of The Handbook also provides you with an indication of the skills you will need to be ready to develop in order to complete the MA. Other chapters of The Handbook give you an idea of some of the approaches to literary research with which you will have opportunities to engage on the MA. If you would like help to assess your preparedness you can contact us for advice.
How long it takes
The minimum time to complete is two years, the maximum time to complete is ten years.