MA in English Studies
The MA English Studies offers students the opportunity to focus on the area of English literary studies that interests them most, with modules covering literature and language from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. Students will also acquire advanced research skills to enable independent scholarly enquiry.
This Master's course offers the opportunity to write a dissertation of either 20,000 or 30,000 words and is therefore suited to those thinking of subsequent research to doctoral level as well as to those wishing to pursue careers in other areas.
As well as the dissertation, the course consists of an assessed module in Bibliography and Research Methods and either three or four specialist modules, depending on the dissertation length chosen. Students will be asked to decide at the end of Semester 1 which dissertation they wish to take (at the start of the second year for part-time students). Students may opt to take Creative Writing Options
The School of English hosts or co-hosts a number of seminar series including the Medieval Research Centre Seminar Series, the Leicester Early Modern Seminar, the Victorian Studies Seminar Series, and the Modern Literature Research Seminars.
These offer students the opportunity to hear talks by visiting speakers and by Leicester academics. The School also runs a popular History of the Book Reading Group.
They will contribute Option Modules and will offer supervision in response to demand. Some of the Options are offered within the School's other MA courses in Victorian Studies and Modern Literature.
The David Wilson University Library is an extremely well-stocked resource for all levels of study in English. In addition to the bookshelf collection, the Library subscribes to an excellent range of electronic resources and has areas for private and group study, as well as a dedicated Postgraduate Room.
Material housed in the Library's Special Collections includes the Robjohns Collection of medieval manuscripts and early printed bibles, the Fairclough Collection of material relating to 17th century history and the papers of the Leicester-born playwright Joe Orton.
- Dr Orietta Da Rold (2011/12)