MA by Research English

MA by Research English

The Course

The MA by Research in English is designed for students who have a passion to pursue a research project defined by themselves, but with the support of an academic environment and supervisors.

You have the opportunity to conduct in-depth research into an area of your choice. With the help of dedicated skills sessions and under the guidance of an academic supervisor, you will be expected to write a dissertation, or produce a piece of creative writing of around 25,000 words.

The School offers a vibrant research culture with two research groups (21C Research Group and Nineteenth-Century Research Group) and regular research seminars. Research strengths include Renaissance literature, 19th Century literature, 21st Century literature, Gothic literature, women’s writing, utopianism, American fiction, and drama.

The Course

The MA by Research in English is designed for students who have a passion to pursue a research project defined by themselves, but with the support of an academic environment and supervisors.

You have the opportunity to conduct in-depth research into an area of your choice. With the help of dedicated skills sessions and under the guidance of an academic supervisor, you will be expected to write a dissertation, or produce a piece of creative writing of around 25,000 words.

The School offers a vibrant research culture with two research groups (21C Research Group and Nineteenth-Century Research Group) and regular research seminars. Research strengths include 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Century literature, Gothic literature, women's writing, utopianism, American fiction, medieval and Renaissance literature, and contemporary drama.

Research areas covered within the School include:

  • 21st Century literature and drama
  • 19th Century literature
  • Life writing/testimony/memory studies
  • Women’s writing 18-21st Centuries
  • American literature 19-21st Centuries
  • Renaissance literature
  • Utopian studies
  • Ecocriticism
  • Gothic literature 19-21st Centuries
  • Postcolonial literature
Study takes the form of supervised individual research. You work on one topic of your choice for the duration of the study period. On a regular basis, you will be expected to produce appropriate written work, submit it to your supervisors, then meet with your supervisors to receive feedback on your submission and agree the next stage of work.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisor, however the regularity of these will vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.

The assessment at this level of study takes the form of a 25,000 word dissertation.
Enrolment Dates

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February or May.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with your supervisor on an individual basis.

2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,332** £2,166**
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship*** 20% reduction)
£3,466 £1,733
International £13,700 £6,850

International 
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)****

£11,700 £5,850
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £1,997 £1,997

 

2018/19 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,260 £2,130
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 25% reduction)
£3,195 £1,598
International £13,500 £6,750

International 
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)

£11,500 £5,750
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £682 £682
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £1,958 £1,958

 

* Academic year August – July

** Estimated RCUK fee for 2019/20. The University of Lincoln sets its fees in line with the Research Councils UK (RCUK) research fee support level. For home students commencing in 2019 this will be set early in the New Year. The indicative fee level from RCUK for 2018/19 is £4,260. For 2019 this fee is expected to increase in line with inflation, based on the Treasury GDP deflator.

*** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study

**** Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

 

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced ‘writing-up’ fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

First or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject.

You will need to submit a research proposal along with your application form. The research proposal will allow us to judge the quality of the application and to decide whether we are able to supervise your project.

Please take note of the following guidance:

  • A research proposal will only be considered if there are academics in the subject with an interest in your field. Please study the staff profiles closely to make sure there is at least one member of staff whose interests intersect broadly with your own. For more information on the School's research, please following the following link: http://lncn.eu/uy34
  • The research proposal should be around 1000 words in length.
  • Clearly define the topic you are interested in and demonstrate understanding of your research area.
  • Include two or three research questions that you will explore in your research.
  • Outline the range of research methodologies you will use to undertake the research.
  • Include a provisional bibliography of primary and secondary sources.
  • You might include a brief literature review of the key works that relate to your topic, particularly if this helps to exemplify the point below.
  • Explain clearly how your research contributes to existing scholarship in the area; what gaps will it fill? How will it further knowledge of the area?
  • Sketch out a provisional plan of work that includes research/archival visits and a timetable for the writing of chapters.
  • Make sure the proposal is well presented with sections and subheadings and is free of errors.

Research areas covered within the School include:

  • 21st Century literature and drama
  • 19th Century literature
  • Life writing/testimony/memory studies
  • Women’s writing 18-21st Centuries
  • American literature 19-21st Centuries
  • Renaissance literature
  • Utopian studies
  • Ecocriticism
  • Gothic literature 19-21st Centuries
  • Postcolonial literature
Study takes the form of supervised individual research. You work on one topic of your choice for the duration of the study period. On a regular basis, you will be expected to produce appropriate written work, submit it to your supervisors, then meet with your supervisors to receive feedback on your submission and agree the next stage of work.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisor, however the regularity of these will vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.

The assessment at this level of study takes the form of a 25,000 word dissertation.
Enrolment Dates

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February or May.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with your supervisor on an individual basis.

2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,332** £2,166**
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship*** 20% reduction)
£3,466 £1,733
International £13,700 £6,850

International 
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)****

£11,700 £5,850
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £1,997 £1,997

 

2018/19 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,260 £2,130
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 25% reduction)
£3,195 £1,598
International £13,500 £6,750

International 
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)

£11,500 £5,750
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £682 £682
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £1,958 £1,958

 

* Academic year August – July

** Estimated RCUK fee for 2019/20. The University of Lincoln sets its fees in line with the Research Councils UK (RCUK) research fee support level. For home students commencing in 2019 this will be set early in the New Year. The indicative fee level from RCUK for 2018/19 is £4,260. For 2019 this fee is expected to increase in line with inflation, based on the Treasury GDP deflator.

*** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study

**** Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

 

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced ‘writing-up’ fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

First or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject.

You will need to submit a research proposal along with your application form. The research proposal will allow us to judge the quality of the application and to decide whether we are able to supervise your project.

Students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each element, or equivalent http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

Please take note of the following guidance:

  • A research proposal will only be considered if there are academics in the subject with an interest in your field. Please study the staff profiles closely to make sure there is at least one member of staff whose interests intersect broadly with your own. For more information on the School's research, please following the following link: http://lncn.eu/uy34
  • The research proposal should be around 1000 words in length.
  • Clearly define the topic you are interested in and demonstrate understanding of your research area.
  • Include two or three research questions that you will explore in your research.
  • Outline the range of research methodologies you will use to undertake the research.
  • Include a provisional bibliography of primary and secondary sources.
  • You might include a brief literature review of the key works that relate to your topic, particularly if this helps to exemplify the point below.
  • Explain clearly how your research contributes to existing scholarship in the area; what gaps will it fill? How will it further knowledge of the area?
  • Sketch out a provisional plan of work that includes research/archival visits and a timetable for the writing of chapters.
  • Make sure the proposal is well presented with sections and subheadings and is free of errors.
Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

This programme aims to provide training for a career across the creative industries. Students may choose to move on to doctoral study programmes and pursue careers in academia.

Career and Personal Development

This programme aims to provide training for a career across the creative industries. Students may choose to move on to doctoral study programmes and pursue careers in academia.


Facilities

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.

The Media, Humanities and Technology (MHT) building is equipped with industry standard media suites providing specialist broadcast television, radio and sound equipment. The building is also home to television studios, photography studios and radio editing suites. Siren FM, our on-campus community radio station, is also based here.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.