MA English Literature by Research

Entry requirements: First or Second class undergraduate degree 
Full or Part-time: Full-time, Part-time
School: School of Humanities

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Course outline

The MA in English Literature by research is taught through seminars, group sessions, and personalised one-to-one teaching with a first and second supervisor. A postgraduate reading group, and seminars led by staff and guest speakers, gradually develop the insights needed to complete your research project.

English MA brochure coverThere are four parts to the qualification:

  • a research proposal
  • a bibliography
  • a short essay
  • a longer Dissertation

There are no exams. For more detail, click on the image on the right to download the brochure (PDF file, 7 MB).

This is an opportunity to work closely on a writer or topic that fascinates you, within a supportive environment. You can undertake research in most literary topics within the period 1550 to the present day. You start by developing the Project Preliminaries with your supervisors: the research proposal, bibliography, and essay. Then you progress to the full Dissertation (25,000-30,000 words), written under the guidance of your supervisors.

The MA commences in September or January each year, on a full- or part-time basis. The MA takes one year full-time, two years part-time.

For the MA, full-time attendance on campus is not required, but overseas students in particular, or home students wishing to use libraries intensively, may apply for a room in University accommodation. Alternately, you can travel in for the teaching days, usually Wednesdays during term. The one-to-one sessions with your supervisors can be arranged for any day of the week.

Application process

Please fill in the application form above (“Apply Now”), giving as much detail as possible. In the “Personal Statement” section, give an outline of your ideas so far for your research project (300-500 words). This could include:

  • the general area (e.g. “I am interested in the general area of Modernist writing and in particular the work of T. S. Eliot. I propose to consider in depth … ̕”
  • your method or approach to study (e.g. “I intend to work with the new edition of T. S. Eliot’s work by Christopher Ricks, to consider how it changes our understanding of …”; “I want to consider the way gender-based approaches to Eliot’s work…” )
  • a short bibliography of relevant works. See below, for some recent projects in the Department.

At this stage we do not expect a fully-formed view of the project, rather an indication of the area you are interested in. If you would like to discuss your research ideas before applying, please e-mail:
Professor John Drew (john.drew@buckingham.ac.uk) or
Professor Stefan Hawlin (stefan.hawlin@buckingham.ac.uk).

For other queries about the MA, contact the Admissions Officer on english-admissions@buckingham.ac.uk or 01280 820156.

Recent projects

  • The treatment of the family in the novels of Elizabeth Bowen
  • C. S. Lewis, scholar and writer
  • form and vision in the works of Jeanette Winterson
  • the staging of evil in Macbeth
  • Enlightenment feminism in the novels of the Brontës
  • the supernatural in the novels of Joseph Conrad
  • form and experiment in Modernist narratives.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry level required for this course is as follows:

  • a first or second-class honours degree from a recognised university or,
  • a recognised professional qualification with relevant work experience

Mature students

Age is no barrier to learning and we welcome all applications from suitably qualified students.

International students

We are happy to consider all international applications and if you are an international student, you may find it useful to visit our international pages for details of entry requirements from your home country.

The University is a UKVI Tier 4 Sponsor.

English levels

If English is not your first language, please check our postgraduate English language requirements. If your English levels don’t meet our minimum requirements, you may be interested in applying for our Pre-sessional English Language Foundation Programmes.

Selection process

Wherever possible, you will be invited to the University to meet the Admissions Tutor for an informal interview and to have a tour of our campus. If you are an international applicant, it may not be possible for you to visit in person, so if the Admissions Tutor has any queries about your application you may be conducted by skype, email or phone.

The Admissions Team would be happy to answer any questions you may have:

Nancy Zulu

Miss Nancy Zulu

Admissions Assistant for English, History of Art and Media
english-admissions@buckingham.ac.uk

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Terms and conditions for prospective students

When you are offered a place at the University you will be notified of the terms and conditions between the University and students on our courses of study. When you accept an offer of a place on the course at the University a legal contract is formed between you and the University on the basis of the terms and conditions outlined in your offer letter. Your offer letter and the terms and conditions contain important information which you should read carefully before accepting any offer. Read the admissions terms and conditions > >

Quality teaching

We offer high quality, traditional Oxbridge-style teaching, which leads to our degrees being recognised around the world. The standards of degrees and awards are safeguarded by distinguished external examiners – senior academic staff from other universities in the UK – who approve and moderate assessed work.

High calibre staff

Most of our academic staff teach for three terms out of four, with the remaining term used for research. Because of this, we have no difficulty in attracting high calibre, highly respected lecturers, many of whom also have a background in business or industry and can offer networking opportunities for students.

Teaching methods

At the heart of the MA is the close working relationship between candidate and supervisor. While the final thesis must be the candidate’s independent work, it is the supervisor who offers advice on refining the topic (if necessary), on primary sources, on secondary reading, on research techniques and on writing the final thesis. Supervisors and candidates meet frequently throughout the year, and not less than twice a term; and the supervisor is always the candidate’s primary contact for academic advice and support.

Those with limited time may prefer to spread the writing of their dissertation over two years, in which case an individual timetable of lectures and supervisions will be arranged.

Graduate employment

We have a high graduate employment rate, The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) ranked Buckingham top for graduate employability with 98.1% in July 2015.

Our graduate prospects are excellentOur graduates have gone on to further study at most of the world’s leading universities, including Harvard, London, Oxford and Cambridge and secured jobs in senior positions around the world. Among our alumni we have a graduate who became the head of his country’s civil service and one who became a leading Formula One motor-racing driver. Another secured a position as the Minister of Sabah and one female law graduate became the first British lawyer to become a French Advocate.

The tuition fees quoted below are for the degree (e.g. if you start an MBA at Buckingham in January 2016, you will pay the same termly fee for the duration of your degree – you will not be affected by the price increase in September 2016). Fees are normally paid in termly instalments.

Unless specifically stated otherwise, postgraduate degrees are normally studied over four terms (one year).

Tuition fees September 2015 – August 2016

Postgraduate taught degrees

Course

Total
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tuition fees
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LLM (4 terms – Sept entry & 3 terms – Jan entry) £11.655
£7,095
MA in Law Enforcement, Security and Intelligence £14,140
£7,480
MA in Security and Intelligence Studies £14,140
£7,480
MA in Security, Intelligence and Diplomacy £14,140
£7,480
MA in Archaeology £12,240
£6,640
MA in Biography £13,740
£7,480
MA in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors (3-terms) £13,500
£9,135
MA in the English Country House 1485-1945
Associate student
£14,140
£4,490
£7,480
£2,500
MA in the Art Market and the History of Collecting £14,140
£7,480
MA in History of Art: Renaissance to Modernism+
Associate student
£14,140
£4,490
£7,480
£2,500
MA in Human Rights+
Associate student
£14,140
£4,490
£7,480
£2,500
MA in International Affairs (by research)‡+
Associate student
£14,140
£4,490
£7,480
£2,500
MA in Military History+
Associate student
£14,140
£4,490
£7,480
£2,500
MA in Modern War Studies and Contemporary Military History‡+
Associate student
£14,140
£4,490
£7,480
£2,500
MA in Philosophy+
Associate student
£14,140
£4,490
£7,480
£2,500
MBA £15,860
£9,660
MD in General Internal Medicine (Clinical) (2-year, 8-term) £54,000
£54,000
MSc in Clinical Science £27,000
£27,000
MEd in Educational Leadership (18-month, 6-term) £4,300
£3,950
MSc in Accounting and Finance £14,140
£8,580
MSc in Applied Computing (18-months, 6-term) £17,010
£10,710
MSc in Innovative Computing £13,860
£8,400
MSc in Finance and Investment £15,860
£9,660
MSc in Financial Service Management £14,460
£9,120
MSc in Continuous Improvement in Public Services (2-years, part-time) £17,000
£17,000
MSc Lean Enterprise (2-years, 8-term) £18,000
£18,000
MSc Entrepreneurial Consultancy & Practice £14,140
£8,580
MSc Management in a Global Service Economy £14,140
£8,580
MSc Management in a Service Economy £14,140
£8,580
MSc Management in a Service Economy (2-years, 8-term)(part-time) £14,140 £8,580

Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas

Course

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Certificate in Computing (2-terms) £6,930
£4,200
Pre-Masters Course in Business (1-term) £5,095
£5,095
Graduate Diploma in Computing (3-terms) £10,395 £6,300
Graduate Diploma in Computing (4-terms) £10,400 £6,300
Postgraduate Certificate in Middle Leadership £2,100
£1,850
Independent PGCE £3,995
£3,995
PGCE with QTS N/A
£5,795

Postgraduate research
(MA, MSc, MPhil, DPhil)

INTERNATIONAL
Annual fee
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Annual fee
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Full-time – English Literature £13,020
£7,140
Full-time – Humanities, Business, Law £13,280
£7,140
Full-time – Science♦ £13,280
£7,140
Full-time – Computing♦ £13,020
£7,000
Resident outside of the UK £6,640
£3,570

#Students will pay the same termly fee for the duration of their studies. The tuition fee quoted is therefore the total cost of the degree.
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All fees are subject to annual increase (in September). Total tuition fees will vary if the degree spans more than one calendar year.
Associate fees exclude dinners.
The fee for undertaking a research degree in the Clore Laboratory will include a bench fee. This will be dependent on the nature of the research project and will be notified to you in your offer letter.
‡20% discount available for accredited embassy staff (International Affairs and Diplomacy by research) / serving Officers in the British Armed Forces (War Studies).
+ Dinners following the seminars are available at a small additional cost.

Discounts

Students who graduate from the University and plan to continue their studies with a postgraduate degree at Buckingham can benefit from a very generous automatic discount on their fees:

  • 33%, those with a first class honours degree from Buckingham
  • 25%, those with a Second Class Honours, Upper Division (2:1) degree from Buckingham

Postgraduate loan scheme

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK will be introduced from 1 August 2016 with support from the UK Government. The loan will provide up to £10,000 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. The loans can be used for tuition fees, living expenses or both. Find out more >>

Scholarships

Details of scholarships can be found on our main Bursaries and Scholarships page. You should make an application to study at the University and receive an offer letter confirming our acceptance of your application before applying for a scholarship.

You may also find it useful to visit our External Funding page.

*The University reserves the right to increase course fees annually in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering educational services. If the University intends to increase your course fees it will notify you via email of this as soon as reasonably practicable.

For the MA, full-time attendance on campus is not required, but overseas students in particular, or home students wishing to use libraries intensively, may apply for a room in University accommodation. Alternately, you can travel in for the teaching days, usually Wednesdays during term. The one-to-one sessions with your supervisors can be arranged for any day of the week.

If you require short-term accommodation in Buckingham we would be happy to provide a list of local bed and breakfast or hotel accommodation. Alternatively, please contact our Accommodation Office for advice.

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