The course is designed to provide you with the independence of a research degree with some of the guidance of a taught master's. You will learn about approaches to the study of literature, and will have the opportunity to study authors, literary movements, themes or critical ideas in depth.
We are pleased to consider any literary topic but applicants are advised to email us in advance so we can match your interest with staff expertise.
How you're taught
You will write an essay of 4,000 words examining an aspect of one or more of the theories examined in the core course. The second assessment is a 4,000-word study proposal, outlining your dissertation plans. It will present information on your aims and methodology, offer a provisional chapter breakdown, summarise your likely argument and provide a selective, annotated bibliography.
The 20,000-word dissertation is the main focus of your study and as such it accounts for two thirds of the overall marks for the MRes. This is on a topic of your choice, subject to staff approval, and is agreed in outline when you join the course. You are strongly encouraged to discuss your ideas informally with the Programme Leader or prospective supervisor before applying. You will have an individual supervisor allocated when offered a place on the course. Dissertation tutorials will take place between you and your nominated supervisor. The supervisor will offer advice on developing appropriate study methods and provide feedback on drafts of the dissertation.
Here at NTU, we're enthusiastic about the English subject and wish to express a similar enthusiasm to our students. We're fully committed to teaching and seek to convey our insights, understanding and expertise to you as clearly and effectively as possible. Here, we talk about the authors who have inspired us and instilled in us a passion for the subject that we teach.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- enhance your communication skills;
- enrich your experience when travelling abroad; and
- boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the ULP.
Careers and employability
This course will help you to develop a broad range of skills transferable to many job roles. Recent graduates have pursued a range of careers (including teaching) or have gone onto doctoral or postdoctoral research.
Although this course does not offer a formal placement, all of our courses are vocationally focused and will help you develop a broad range of transferable skills.