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1 year

Part-time

2 years

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Brayford Pool

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ENLRESMA

MA by Research English

Academics in the School of English and Journalism are leading researchers, authors, editors of books, and award-winning creative writers with links to the publishing industry, whose works have been published, broadcast, and staged.

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Key Information

Full-time

1 year

Part-time

2 years

Typical Offer

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Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

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Course Code

ENLRESMA

Dr Amy Culley - PGR Lead for the School of English and Journalism

Dr Amy Culley - PGR Lead for the School of English and Journalism

Dr Amy Culley is Senior Lecturer in English. Her research focuses on the literature and culture of the eighteenth century and Romantic period, particularly life writing, ageing studies, and women's literary history. She has published primarily on women's life writing (the subject of a monograph and edited collection) and she is currently working on a book on old age, which recovers the late life writing of early nineteenth-century women.

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Welcome to MA by Research English

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.

Students have the opportunity to conduct in-depth research into an area of their choice. With the help of dedicated skills sessions and under the guidance of an academic supervisor, students will be expected to write a dissertation 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, American fiction, and medieval and early modern literature.

How You Study

Study takes the form of supervised individual research where students will work on one topic of their choice for the duration of the study period.

Written work will be regularly submitted to the supervisor who will provide feedback and agree the next stage of work.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the majority of time is spent in independent study and research. Students will have meetings with their academic supervisor(s), but the frequency of these will vary depending on individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and stage of programme.

How you are assessed

The assessment takes the form of a 25,000 word dissertation.

Fees and Funding

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

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Entry Requirements 2022-23

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.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.


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 about the School's research, please visit: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/ej/english/englishresearch/

- 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, Projects and Topics

Research areas covered within the School include:

  • 21st Century literature
  • 18th to 19th Century literature
  • Life writing
  • Women’s writing 18th to 21st Centuries
  • American literature 19th to 21st Centuries
  • Early modern literature
  • Gothic literature
  • Postcolonial literature
  • Medieval Literature

How to Apply

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.

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.

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Find out more about how postgraduate study can help further your career, develop your knowledge, or even prepare you to start your own business at one of our postgraduate events.

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