Modules & Content
The programme consists of the following modules: one 30-credit research methods module; three 30-credit core modules; one 60-credit dissertation / project module. Contact time depends on whether you are registered for full-time or part-time study. Full time students take two modules per trimester; part-time students take one module per trimester. Each module lasts 12 weeks and has one 3-hour session per week. As a postgraduate student you are also expected to devote a significant amount of time to private independent study (the amount depends on whether you are full-time or part-time).
Research: Methods, Resources, Dissemination
This is the first module you will take and enables you to make the transition from undergraduate work to researching and writing English studies at postgraduate level. This module will be an introduction to postgraduate-level research strategies alongside the focused study of literary texts.
In order that we can offer as wide and varied a programme as possible, the three core modules below act as a ‘shell’ module: each consists of two (compulsory) themed strands.
The Country and the City in History
Examples of strands that we have run before include: ‘The Politics of Place in Early Modern Literature’, ‘The City and the Country Estate’, ‘Contested Sites in City and Country, 1780–1830’. Future offerings might include strands such as ‘Industry and Poetry in the 18th century’ or ‘Pastoral and Urban in Early Modern London.’
Environmental Writing and Ecocriticism
Examples of strands that we have run before include: ‘Culture and Climate Change’, ‘Pollution’, ‘Deep Time and Modernity’, ‘Ecologies of Place’. Future offerings might include strands such as ‘Literature and Ecology’ or ‘Place and Planet.’
Chorographies: case studies in region or place
Examples of strands that we have run before include: ‘Early Modern London’, Built by Water: Lisbon, Istanbul, New York’, ‘Writing the West Country’, and ‘Writing Scotland’. Future offerings might include strands such as ‘Pastoral and Urban in Early Modern London’, or ‘Modernism and London.’
Dissertation / Project
You can opt for either a traditional written Dissertation or the Project. The Project offers you the opportunity to create a different output, and it can take the form of an applied research project (for example, an exhibition for a literary heritage organisation; a digital resource). This module will also include the opportunity to further pursue links with external organisations and some refresher workshops on research skills.
Teaching and learning on the taught modules will primarily be via seminars, but opportunities for other types of engagement may be offered as an alternative to seminars, depending upon the nature of the thematic strand for research, for example: skills workshops, field-trips, directed research, and independent research associated with the Dissertation or Project. Assessment will be via essays, proposals, and a final Dissertation or Project.