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MA English Literature

Year 1

(Award available for year: Master of Arts)

Learning outcomes

All MA programmes and modules in the School of English require the following generic intellectual abilities to:

- demonstrate in-depth, specialist knowledge and advanced techniques relevant to the discipline and/or to demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of concepts, information and techniques at the forefront of the discipline;
- exhibit high levels of skill in the exercise of generic and subject-specific intellectual abilities;
- demonstrate a strong understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship;
- take a proactive and self-reflective role in working and in developing professional relationships with others;
- formulate proactively ideas and hypotheses and to develop, implement and execute plans by which to evaluate these;
- evaluate critically and creatively current issues, research and advanced scholarship in the discipline;
- research, organise and write an extended research project / dissertation (12,000 - 15,000 words).

Skills specific to the MA in English Literature are:

- the identification of past and ongoing critical debates in the field of English Literature;
- the development of the student's own knowledge, understanding and ideas regarding English Literature;
- the bespoke designing of their own specialised or wide-ranging MA programme through selective choice between the option modules available to them;
- the identification of central issues regarding the individual module topics;
- the ability to refine a research project / dissertation topic from the wide field of study available to them.

On completion of the programme students should have shown evidence of being able to:

- demonstrate in-depth, specialist knowledge and competence in the techniques of literary and cultural analysis;
- have a good understanding of key literary, historical and theoretical issues in the fields of English literary studies;
- acquire the skills necessary for undertaking a higher research degree and / or for employment in a higher capacity in an area of professional practice.

Transferable (key) skills

Masters (Taught), Postgraduate Diploma & Postgraduate Certificate students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

- the skills necessary to undertake a higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity;
- evaluation of their own achievement and that of others;
- self direction and effective decision making;
- independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development;
- to engage critically in the development of professional/disciplinary boundaries and norms.


Achievement for the degree of Masters (taught programme) will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will involve the achievement of the students in:

- evidencing an ability to conduct independent in-depth enquiry within the discipline;
- demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to a complex specialist area;
- drawing on a range of perspectives in an area of study;
- evaluating and criticising received opinion;
- making reasoned judgements whilst understanding the limitations on judgements made in the absence of complete data.


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