City’s MA English will appeal to graduates from backgrounds in English, the Humanities, Creative Writing and other aligned disciplines who wish to develop their skills further at postgraduate level. The programme allows you to focus solely on English Literature, or to combine English Literature with Creative Writing and/ or Publishing. You will gain both academic and transferable skills, preparing you for a diverse range of graduate careers. You will benefit from City’s reputation as a provider of academic excellence for business and the professions and from London’s outstanding research, cultural and creative facilities.
City’s MA English aims to produce graduates who are versatile researchers, effective communicators and active, reflective learners with a range of subject-specific, transferable and employability skills. Underpinned by the conviction that English is an academic subject that makes a significant contribution to cultural life, this distinctive degree enables you to combine literary scholarship with creative and/ or professional writing.
The programme brings together:
Applicants should normally
If your first language is not English, you will be expected to demonstrate Level 7.0 proficiency in the IELTS English language test.
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Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.
Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.
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You will acquire knowledge and understanding through a mixture of formal lectures, seminars, workshops, individual tutorials, group work and independent learning and research. Lectures will introduce you to important contexts, concepts and critical frameworks. Seminars will be focused on discussion and student-led activities and will enable you to apply your learning in an interactive, supportive environment. The dissertation is supported by individual supervision sessions and by the skills acquired in the core module in Research Methods, which will guide you through the process of researching and writing a dissertation.
The MA programme is delivered by a team of dedicated academics. Creative Writing and Publishing modules are led by published authors and professionals with industry experience. You may also benefit from access to visiting speakers from academia, the professions and the creative industries.
The MA programme deploys a variety of assessment methods that are designed systematically to develop your graduate-level academic, research, professional and creative skills and to prepare you for a wide range of graduate employment. Individual modules deploy a range of assessment methods, including critical essays; assessed group and individual presentations; portfolios of writing that demonstrate evidence of the ability to write in diverse registers and for diverse audiences; research-based assignments; individual and group projects; creative and professional writing; and a substantial dissertation project. Some modules may include group assessments and forms of peer assessment.
The MA award consists of 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit Dissertation, which is supervised.
You must complete two compulsory 15-credit modules (Literary Theory and Concepts; Research Methods) and at least three of the following 15-credit modules:
You will select the remaining 45 credits of taught modules from a range of modules in English Literature, Publishing and/or Creative Writing. You may take all 120 taught credits in English, select a combination of English and Creative Writing or Publishing modules, or study all three. Please note that the module offer is subject to sufficient recruitment.
Part-time students will normally study two modules per term over two years and will complete a dissertation in term 3 of their second year of study.
Please note that academic timetables are subject to change.
Working in consultation with a supervisor, you will complete a 15,000-word Dissertation on a topic of your own choice.
The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.
The full-time programme requires a full-time commitment to study. Part-time students should expect to devote at least two days a week to their studies. Full-time students can expect between 10 and 12 hours of classroom-based study per week during term-time, plus a significant amount of time spent on preparatory reading, independent study and research, and preparation of assignments. Part-time students should typically expect half of this contact time. Face-to-face activities will be supported by the virtual learning environment.
The MA in English develops key transferable skills in research, analysis and oral and written communication relevant to a range of careers, including publishing, advertising and marketing, library science, digital media, charities and the heritage industry, teaching and journalism. English graduates are able to think analytically, initiate and conduct projects creatively, articulate complex conclusions effectively both orally and in writing, and display sensitivity to diversity and wider contextual issues. If you avail yourself of the study options in Publishing and/or Creative Writing, you will benefit from our established reputation in these fields. Aspiring creative writers will get exposure to agents, editors and others within both traditional and electronic publishing. We have for many years supported the career prospects of our Publishing graduates via links with an industry advisory board as well as with alumni. The MA in English also prepares you for further MPhil/PhD research and expedites your access to such programmes.
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