Master's Degree in Humanities and Social Sciences in South West England in United Kingdom

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Humanities and Social Sciences

In order to successfully obtain a Masters qualification, you will need to obtain a number of credits by passing individual modules. Most taught Masters will have a number of core modules which you must take and pass in order to obtain the qualification. The assessment of research Masters is almost always entirely by a single dissertation module or project.

Humanities and social sciences is the perfect area of study for students who are looking to learn a huge variety of skills which might prepare them for unparalleled freedom when it comes to choosing which industry they’d like to work in.

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Master in Writing for Young People

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Bath

This specialist creative writing MA course enlists the expertise of our team of writer-lecturers, five of whom are currently published in the field of children's writing. [+]

Master in Writing for Young People

 

This specialist creative writing MA course enlists the expertise of our team of writer-lecturers, five of whom are currently published in the field of children's writing. It is supported by visiting speakers from the children's publishing world, including agents, editors, publishers and authors.

 

Books

 

Leading Children's Literary Agents, United Agents, offers an annual prize for the 'most promising writer for young people'. We have an excellent track record of graduates achieving publication. Novels by Elen Caldecott, Jim Carrington, Alex Diaz, Marie-Louise Jensen, Sally Nicholls and C.J. Skuse have all been published in the last four years. Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls won the Waterstones Children's Book of the Year Award and the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award 2008. Marie-Louise Jensen and Elen Caldecott were both shortlisted for the 2009 Waterstones Prize, and Elen is also longlisted for the Carnegie award for How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant.... [-]


Master in Travel and Nature Writing

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Bath

The Master of Arts in Travel and Nature Writing is designed for writers seeking advanced skills in the growing field of creative non-fiction inspired by the natural... [+]

Master in Travel and Nature Writing

 

The Master of Arts in Travel and Nature Writing is designed for writers seeking advanced skills in the growing field of creative non-fiction inspired by the natural world and contemporary journeying. The course focuses on the application of writing skills to match the requirements of the travel and nature writing sector. To this end, students will learn from engagement, encounter, workshop, tuition and mentoring; they will develop their professional practice and produce a portfolio of work to help establish their careers in this highly competitive field.

Course Structure and Content

 

This is a low residency course over three semesters. It will consist of three week-long residential sessions, meeting visiting writers and industry specialists; distance learning modules designed to familiarise participants with the standards, interests and publishing requirements of the sector; one-to-one tutorials and mentoring providing the opportunity to turn experience into well-crafted writing of publication standard.... [-]


Master in Scriptwriting

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Bath

The MA in Scriptwriting is a professional training course for working writers. Most scriptwriters work across several media, and the course reflects this. [+]

Master in Scriptwriting

 

The MA in Scriptwriting is a professional training course for working writers. Most scriptwriters work across several media, and the course reflects this. All our tutors are working writers. We aim to turn out writers who understand the structure and craft of drama, have a finished script they can use as a calling card, know the industry in all its variety, and can pitch and sell their work.The MA is taught in seventeen weekends of intensive workshops. It is not, however, 'low residency'. There are as many hours of teaching as on Bath Spa University's established MA in Creative Writing.The course is taught at our beautiful Corsham Court campus where we are developing performance, capture and editing facilities. We also work closely with the School of Music and Performing Arts, and their students will have the opportunity to help act in and produce our work.Although this is an intellectually challenging postgraduate course, there is no 'academic' side detached from the working side. Everything theoretical is geared to help the students as writers.... [-]


MRes Conflict, Security and Justice

University of Exeter
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Exeter + 1 more

This interdisciplinary programme examines the latest critical thinking and the key issues surrounding the field of security studies; exploring new ways to develop better strategies for resolving conflicts and securing social justice. [+]

This interdisciplinary programme examines the latest critical thinking and the key issues surrounding the field of security studies; exploring new ways to develop better strategies for resolving conflicts and securing social justice. It recognises that traditional approaches to this subject must now be complemented with new perspectives on issues such as human (in)security, domestic security and violence. Units contributing to this programme will draw on sociological and socio-legal research on topics that include: human rights, gender, violence and ethnopolitics; area studies’ expertise on language, culture and practice; and political and legal research on sovereignty, institutions and intervention and how these fields affect elements of security, conflict and justice. The MRes in Security, Conflict and Justice will equip you with interdisciplinary skills which will have an impact on the research, policy and practice needed to avoid and mitigate security risks. The programme is designed to provide research training for students who will progress to a PhD and for those who want to pursue careers with a significant research element. This programme has been accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of the South West Doctoral Training Centre. The Programme Director is Dr Andrew Schaap. Learning and teaching With the exception of the dissertation, each module on this programme is normally taught through academic lectures expanded through seminar discussion, presentations, group work, reading and essay assignments. Work on formulating a dissertation topic begins early in the academic year and you will have an individual supervisor for your dissertation. Tuition fees per year 2016/17 UK/EU: £6,900 full-time; £3,450 part-time International: £15,950 full-time [-]

Master in TESOL

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

The MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) programme is for people who wish to teach English as a second [+]

Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in South West England in United Kingdom. Why study Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)? The MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) programme is for people who wish to teach English as a second or foreign language, or further develop their TESOL career prospects. The MA TESOL at Bath Spa University is one of the few TESOL programmes in the UK which incorporates a teaching practice component and is designed for both experienced teachers and those with little or no previous teaching experience. The programme aims to develop confident, well informed, resourceful language teaching practitioners who are capable of designing and teaching comprehensive language programmes. At the same time you will extend your own knowledge base by engaging in independent research into your own practice and setting. The programme recognises and values your professional, cultural and life experiences and you will develop and explore these experiences during the programme. This will enhance your professional knowledge and understanding through reflection, aided by theoretical input and practical application. Context specific professional development is an important element in the programme as we prepare you to return to your home country with an adaptable knowledge base for your particular setting. Entry requirements Students will typically have a good undergraduate degree (at least a 2:1) in an appropriate specialism from a recognised higher education institution. Teaching experience is welcome but not essential. Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) can be offered if you have successfully completed previous Level 6 or 7 modules at another university. We will require a full transcript from the awarding university. It is also possible to gain accreditation for other kinds of professional development by compiling an independent study portfolio of professional development (APEL - Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning). Students wishing to take the Independent Study module in the first trimester must supply evidence of teaching experience in the form of a letter from a past/current employer. The decision to allow a student to follow the independent study option will be taken by the Award Leader after discussion with the student and considering the evidence provided. International students, whose first language is not English, are required to have a minimum language level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Career opportunities Students who complete the MA TESOL will have many career opportunities including: English language teaching (general or specialised), language teacher trainer, materials writing, curriculum development, language textbook editor, Director of Studies/Assistant Director of Studies, PhD studies. [-]

Master in Creative Sound and Media Technology

Bath Spa University
Campus or Online Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Bath

This course is intended primarily for those with experience of music technology who wish to explore the field in more depth, or broaden their experience in interdisciplinary... [+]

Master in Creative Sound and Media Technology

 

This course is intended primarily for those with experience of music technology who wish to explore the field in more depth, or broaden their experience in interdisciplinary and multimedia work. It would also benefit those with a general musical background who wish to gain more experience working with technology, and those with experience in media-based technologies who wish to focus on sound.We take a creative and experimental approach, whilst remaining non genre-specific. The course spans a wide variety of styles and approaches, and will be of interest to those involved in such areas as electro-acoustic / acousmatic music, soundscape, acoustic ecology, computer music, sound / sonic art, electronica, visual music and audiovisual work.The emphasis of the course is largely practical, giving students the opportunity to produce a substantial body of creative work over the duration of the course. Students engage with a wide variety of technical and creative skills - these range from classic techniques derived from areas such as musique concrete and visual music to more contemporary practice, and include advanced skills such as software development using Max/MSP/Jitter and multimedia skills. The course includes a grounding in postgraduate-level research methodology, and opportunities to collaborate with other musicians, performers and media practitioners.The multimedia aspects of the course are optional. Students can choose at what depth to engage with this area, or indeed to focus entirely on sound. In the first trimester there is an opportunity to take on multimedia-based skills as part of the Skills Portfolio module, while the optional Visual Music module will give further opportunities to specialise in this area in trimester 2.... [-]


Master in Creative Writing

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Bath

This course will help you to bring a novel, book of poems, book of short stories or work of non-fiction as near to publishable quality as possible. [+]

Master in Creative Writing

 

This course will help you to bring a novel, book of poems, book of short stories or work of non-fiction as near to publishable quality as possible. Located within the School of Humanities and Cultural Industries, the writing programme has established itself over the past 20 years as one of the most successful in the UK.

 

Course Structure and Content

 

The course is modular and is currently offered for full-time study only.Because of the reputation of the MA in Creative Writing, we are able to recruit excellent students who, every year, form an exciting and mutually supportive community of writers. Frequent visits by other writers, literary agents, publishers, broadcasters and other professionals connected with writing ensure that students are given plentiful advice about how to place work and make decisions about their careers as writers.The course is not for the writer whose only interest is in their own work, but rather for the writer who can benefit from working closely with fellow students and with tutors, many of whom are practising and published writers.... [-]


Master in Principles of Applied Neuropsychology

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Bath

The MSc in Principles of Applied Neuropsychology examines the uses of neuropsychology in the clinical world. [+]

Master in Principles of Applied Neuropsychology

 

The MSc in Principles of Applied Neuropsychology examines the uses of neuropsychology in the clinical world. Studying the way the brain works is crucial to psychology and the understanding of human behaviour. Neuropsychology is central to the debate about the spark of individuality each human shows. This course looks at social cognition and affective neuroscience, as well as studying the emerging field of the neuropsychology of psychopathology.The course is an employability-centred extension to an undergraduate psychology degree. It is focused on Neuropsychology, but is suitable for any student interested in preparing for an eventual career as a professional psychologist.... [-]


Master in Education Studies

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Bath

Both the Education Studies and International Education and Global Citizenship awards form part of the Professional Master's Programme within the School of Education and offer a mixture of [+]

Master in Education Studies

 

Both the Education Studies and International Education and Global Citizenship awards form part of the Professional Master's Programme within the School of Education and offer a mixture of theory and practice with professional development within a global and international context.

 

Students come from a wide range of countries - from Cyprus, the Gambia, the United States, Germany, Indonesia, China, Japan, and so on, as well as the United Kingdom. They also come from many backgrounds. Some have educational studies as a first degree while others have been marine biologists, musicians or experts in fibre optics. We welcome this diversity. All come, however, with a good first degree and a thirst to know more about education:... [-]


Master in Literature, Landscape and Environment

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Bath

The MA draws upon our staff's internationally-recognised expertise in the field; our location in a World Heritage site; and it offers tremendous opportunities... [+]

Master in Literature, Landscape and Environment

 

The MA Literature, Landscape and Environment examines how literature reflects and shapes the way in which we see the landscape and the environment and it gives students the opportunity to study the kind of analyses that are becoming increasingly important to the direction of modern English literary studies.

The MA draws upon our staff's internationally-recognised expertise in the field; our location in a World Heritage site; and it offers tremendous opportunities for students to access unique regional resources.

 

"The first hour was allotted to making themselves comfortable, for they complained of having a very dirty walk, as they came on foot from Snow-Hill, where Mr Branghton keeps a silver-smith's shop; and the young ladies had not only their coats to brush, and shoes to dry, but to adjust their head-dress, which their bonnets had totally discomposed."... [-]


Master in Heritage Management

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Bath

This course poses challenging questions about our thinking and practice, and offers students the opportunity to explore this through a series of practical projects, working in partnership with a [+]

Master in Heritage Management

 

The ways in which we understand and manage ‘heritage’ are changing rapidly, while the physical remains of our past – buildings, landscapes, city streets, archives, artefacts and archaeological sites – and the intangible associations of tradition, language and memory continue to shape the ways in which we live our lives.

 

This course poses challenging questions about our thinking and practice, and offers students the opportunity to explore this through a series of practical projects, working in partnership with a wide range of heritage organisations across Bath, the region, and beyond. We will help you set heritage in its social, political and economic context, and support you in a series of placements so that you can see how this plays out on the ground, for real.... [-]


Master Sound Design for Film and TV

NFTS - National Film and Television School
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom London

The components of the soundtrack – dialogue, atmospheres, Foleys, ADR, designed fx and music – are explored in detail using facilities rivalling those of the best audio post-production houses. With a firm emphasis on storytelling, students develop an aesthetic awareness integrated with technical expertise, encouraging them to be collaborators from an early stage in all productions and throughout the whole post-production process... [+]

Sound Design for Film and TV The components of the soundtrack – dialogue, atmospheres, Foleys, ADR, designed fx and music – are explored in detail using facilities rivalling those of the best audio post-production houses. With a firm emphasis on storytelling, students develop an aesthetic awareness integrated with technical expertise, encouraging them to be collaborators from an early stage in all productions and throughout the whole post-production process. In 2011, an NFTS student won the Verna Fields Award for Best Sound Editing in the student category of the US Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards. This is the ninth time a graduating NFTS student has won this award in the last fourteen years and, together with the demand for new graduates, demonstrates the esteem with which this course is regarded within the film and television industry. TUTORS Head of Post Production is Award-winning Re-Recording Mixer Dean Humphreys, who has worked with many of the world's leading directors, including Roman Polanski, Ridley Scott, Luc Besson, Bernardo Bertolucci and Franco Zeffirelli. Dean has also been the Sound Supervisor or Re-Recording mixer for major television series such as Kingdom (Stephen Fry) and Primeval, in addition to films including The Pianist (for which he won a César award), Interview With The Vampire, The Ghost Writer and Donnie Brasco. Other tutors include Graham Hartstone (Aliens, Eyes Wide Shut, Die Another Day, The World is Not Enough), Paul Davies (We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Queen), Andy Kennedy (Game of Thrones, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Adrian Rhodes (The Hollow Crown, Aardman's Pirates!, the Wallace and Gromit films) and Ian Morgan (Vinyl, North and South, Alien vs Predator). ALUMNI Sound Designers Adrian Rhodes (The Queen, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit), Martin Jensen (The King's Speech, Atonement, The Fades), Paul Davies (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Hunger, The Queen), Miriam Ludbrook (The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse, Sugar Rush), Stuart Hilliker (Jane Eyre, State of Play) and Lydia Andrew (Audio Director, Electronic Arts) studied at the NFTS. CURRICULUM The course represents a steady progression beginning with the basic technology and skills that underpin and support the creative process and ending with the responsibility for sound design on a range of graduation films. At each stage additional skills are added through specific workshops - e.g. music recording, to provide a comprehensive education that is of great value in understanding and communicating with other industry professionals. Using the latest equipment and technology, students work as sound designers on fiction, documentary and animation projects developing their skills in digital tracklaying and mixing. YEAR ONE A series of exercises focusing on sound editing and mixing techniques Workshops with Editing and Composing students: Abstract Film Workshop Without Images - a sound-only project Dramaturgy Workshop - focusing on script and script analysis, blocking and cover, and performance Editing the Scene - editing a scene to learn the basics of scene structure Short documentary - sound mixing Zen and Beyond - fiction workshop focusing on visual storytelling Documentary Poetry - exploring the use of non- synchronous sound and music Animation projects - the application of music and sound effects 1st year Fiction film - collaborating with all other departments Cross Spec - an introduction to film language and storytelling involving all departments YEAR TWO Investigative Documentary - sound post for the major 1st year Documentary production Remixing the 1st year Fiction film tracks Advanced editing, design and mixing techniques including surround sound mixing 2nd Year Fiction production, shot on a digital format Graduation films in documentary, fiction and animation On the short films and 2nd Year films, Sound Design students work as sound supervisors, creating the track from pre-production through to the mix. Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School. In addition you will be given a cash Production Budget. NFTS students are engaged in more productions as part of the curriculum than any of our competitors. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS In the Post Production department, we are looking to assemble a group of students with diverse and varied backgrounds. There is no 'typical' student or perfect candidate who conforms to a mandatory list of qualifications. Applicants are likely to have some industry experience, or training in their chosen field. Your background may be in the arts or other media, you might be looking for a further professional qualification or wish to broaden your knowledge of sound production, taking you to a higher level of work. Application materials must include visual materials (video or stills) with an associated soundtrack that you have constructed; and a sound montage including speech, that you have created and post-produced. APPLY WITH A DVD of no more than twenty minutes running time, which you have recorded and/or track laid and/or mixed. This can be from a longer work. Those who do not have film/video experience: a narrative sequence of photographs, pictures or cartoons, with an associated speech, music and effects soundtrack recorded on audio CD, which demonstrates the way the applicant works creatively with the audio-visual relationship A sound montage made by the applicant on audio CD of approximately 3 minutes running time. It should include speech, but should not be limited to speech. [-]

MPhil/PhD in Philosophy specialisms

University of Bolton
Campus Full time 3 - 7 years August 2017 United Kingdom Bolton

The MPhil/PhD in Philosophy is for students who want to embark on a course of sustained study and research at a high level of academic achievement, whether they are looking to support their career development or pursue areas of personal interest. There are four areas of particular expertise within the Philosophy research unit at the University: ancient philosophy, post-Kantian continental philosophy, political philosophy, and philosophy of... [+]

Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in South West England in United Kingdom. Philosophy specialisms - MPhil / PhD The MPhil/PhD in Philosophy is for students who want to embark on a course of sustained study and research at a high level of academic achievement, whether they are looking to support their career development or pursue areas of personal interest. There are four areas of particular expertise within the Philosophy research unit at the University: ancient philosophy, post-Kantian continental philosophy, political philosophy, and philosophy of religion. Study will consist of research into a specific subject area relevant to your chosen field and will be agreed with your supervisor during the application process. Careers & professional development The study of philosophy at doctorate level will support your career development in academia. Alternatively, you may be interested in further study to fulfil your personal aspirations and interests. You will find teaching staff, in our small and friendly department, are very approachable and extremely supportive of your personal and academic requirements, whatever your goals and ambitions. Subject overview In the 2008 government-led research assessment exercise (RAE), current research in philosophy at the University was recognised as being of international excellence and significance. The Philosophy research unit is part of the School of Arts, Media and Education. Tutors are recognised authorities in their field and all have published numerous books and articles. The unit is small and friendly and teaching staff are relaxed, approachable and very supportive. Research topics Your selected field of study will be in an area in which the Philosophy research unit has acknowledged expertise. The focus of your study will be agreed with your tutor during the process of your application. The particular areas of expertise in which supervision is offered are as follows: - Ancient philosophy – Plato and the Platonic tradition, especially Plotinus; Aristotle and the commentators; Augustine. - Post-Kantian continental philosophy, especially Nietzsche. - American pragmatism and the philosophy of Alasdair MacIntyre. - Political philosophy, especially the interface between politics and economics. - The philosophy of religion, especially positive and negative theology. Available projects Examples of current and recent studies in philosophy at doctorate level are: Porphyry’s concept of abstinence; Simone Weil’s Platonism. [-]

PhD/MPhil in Film and Media Studies specialisms

University of Bolton
Campus Full time 3 - 7 years August 2017 United Kingdom Bolton

The MPhil/PhD in Film and Media Studies is for media graduates who are looking to develop their knowledge of a specific area of film and media studies to a high level of academic achievement. Study at MPhil/PhD level is open to honours graduates as well as those already having a postgraduate degree. The MPhil/PhD is largely non-taught and your main submission will be a thesis written under the supervision of a member of staff (the... [+]

Film and Media Studies specialisms - PhD / MPhil The MPhil/PhD in Film and Media Studies is for media graduates who are looking to develop their knowledge of a specific area of film and media studies to a high level of academic achievement. Study at MPhil/PhD level is open to honours graduates as well as those already having a postgraduate degree. The MPhil/PhD is largely non-taught and your main submission will be a thesis written under the supervision of a member of staff (the Director of Dtudies) with expertise in the area chosen. Additional support is available from other internal/external academics. Your thesis will be a piece of original critical research which makes a significant contribution to scholarly knowledge in the film and media studies field. The broad topic to be investigated will be defined by you with more specific details agreed through discussion with the Director of Studies. Careers & professional development The course is useful if you wish to follow a career path involving advanced scholarly research; for instance, an academic teaching career in the film/media field. Subject overview Staff in the School of Arts, Media and Education value their relationships with students and provide friendly and supportive postgraduate research supervision. They are able to draw upon their own experience of publishing and conference presentation in the field to enhance their support of postgraduate students. Projects recently completed by staff include the publication of a monograph applying Bakhtinian theory to some of the key concepts of film studies. Projects currently underway include Brid Andrews' study into documenting professional practice in the creative industries. During the first 12 to 18 months of the course you will be registered for an MPhil and carry out research towards this qualification. Assuming satisfactory progress as indicated by a transfer report, you will then transfer to the award of PhD. At the transfer stage you have the option of writing-up for an MPhil only if you wish. Either qualification is awarded subsequent to the production of a thesis and oral examination. At the start of the course you will be strongly encouraged to broaden your knowledge of research training by attending relevant sessions of the University’s postgraduate training programme and at relevant research seminars hosted by the school. You will be encouraged to participate in the latter and, as a PhD student, you will also be encouraged to disseminate your research more widely, at conferences and in academic journals. Supervisors can offer advice and encouragement on every stage of research dissemination, from writing proposals to delivering papers at conferences. Research topics Applications for MPhil/PhD study are considered in the following areas: - gender in film/television - classical Hollywood - performance theory - interfaces between theatre/film - psychoanalytic theory and film - late 1960s art cinema - British cinema - authorship in film - industrial history - economic and aesthetic interfaces in film - contemporary Hollywood, particularly the ‘blockbuster’ - Bakhtinian theory - comic book/superhero movies. Available projects Projects currently underway by our research students include a study into the representation of the South Asian/British Asian woman in film and television, and a study into perceptions of threat in recent Hollywood cinema. Projects are available in the areas detailed in the 'research topics' section above. Before submitting a formal application you should contact the postgraduate research degree admissions tutor in film and media studies to discuss the area in which you wish to work. A more detailed proposal of a research topic will then be agreed between you and the supervisor(s) as part of the formal application process. [-]

MPhil/PhD in English specialisms

University of Bolton
Campus Full time 2 - 7 years August 2017 United Kingdom Bolton

MPhil/PhD-level study is for English graduates, currently without a masters degree or equivalent postgraduate experience, who want to develop their knowledge of a specific area of English studies to a high level of academic achievement. The MPhil/PhD is largely non-taught and your main submission will be a thesis written under the supervision of a member of staff (the director of studies) with expertise in the area chosen... [+]

Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in South West England in United Kingdom. English specialisms - MPhil / PhD MPhil/PhD-level study is for English graduates, currently without a masters degree or equivalent postgraduate experience, who want to develop their knowledge of a specific area of English studies to a high level of academic achievement. The MPhil/PhD is largely non-taught and your main submission will be a thesis written under the supervision of a member of staff (the director of studies) with expertise in the area chosen. Additional support is available from other internal/external academics. Your thesis will be a piece of original research that makes a significant contribution to scholarly knowledge in your particular field of study. The broad topic to be investigated will be defined by you with more specific details agreed through discussion with the director of studies. Particular areas of expertise in the department are the work of Virginia Woolf, women’s writing in the 19th and 20th centuries, Modernism, children’s literature, and literary and cultural theory. Careers & professional development The course is useful if you wish to become a lecturer in English literature, carry out research in higher education or if you are looking to develop areas of expertise related to your present or intended career outside higher education. Subject overview English staff in the School of Arts, Media and Education value their relationships with students and provide friendly and supportive postgraduate research supervision. During the first 12 to 18 months of the course you will be registered for an MPhil and carry out research towards this end. Assuming satisfactory progress as indicated by a transfer report, you will then transfer to the award of PhD. At the transfer stage you have the option of writing-up for an MPhil only if you wish. Either qualification is awarded subsequent to the production of a thesis and an oral examination. At the start of the course you will be encouraged to broaden your knowledge of research training by attending relevant sessions of the University’s postgraduate training programme and at relevant research seminars hosted by the school. You will be encouraged to participate in the latter and, as a PhD student, you will also be encouraged to disseminate your research more widely, at conferences and in academic journals. Research topics Applications for MPhil/PhD study are considered in the following areas: - Virginia Woolf studies. - Modernism (individual authors; concept of modernism; gendered modernism). - Women’s writing (individual authors of 19th and 20th centuries; theory of women's writing). - Children’s literature, particularly in the following areas: children’s fiction, from 19th century to contemporary authors; popular children’s writers; picture books and graphic novels; literary and cultural theory; conceptions of childhood; children’s film and adaptations. - Literary and cultural theory (especially psychoanalysis, work of Julia Kristeva, Bakhtinian dialogism, reader-response, Foucauldian discourse approaches). Available projects Projects are available in the areas detailed in the 'research topics' section, above. Before submitting a formal application you should contact the postgraduate research degree admissions tutor in English to discuss the area in which you wish to work. A more detailed proposal of a research topic will then be agreed between you and the supervisor(s) as part of the formal application process. [-]