Combining the characteristics of the taught MA and the Masters by Research, this programme offers both a foundation for doctoral study through practical experience (researching and writing a 20,000-word research dissertation), and a free-standing qualification in advanced study and research relevant to a wide range of employment.
It requires you to take three taught modules: a Research Skills module that will provide an introduction to resources, methods and conceptual frameworks applicable to research in the field (examined by a 4,000-word bibliographical essay), and two period modules that aim to enhance your knowledge and understanding of late 19th and early 20th century literary texts and cultures.
Both modules are examined by a 4,000-word essay.
Research skills and methods
This module is designed to offer postgraduate students individually tailored training support appropriate to the MRes programme. Its aim is to enable students to pursue effective independent scholarly research and to develop the skills essential to the preparation and writing of their thesis, as well as to develop key transferable skills in areas of personal and professional development appropriate to either further study or a chosen career path.
Students pursue an individual critical bibliographical project on a topic relevant to their field of study and agreed in conjunction with their course convenor/supervisor, for which they write a 4,000 word essay.
This module explores the diversity of literary impulses in a turn-of-the-century period characterised by literary non-conformity. Major topics to be covered include: the late nineteenth-century city, science and empire, Decadence & Aestheticism, and early modernism. These will be studied across a variety of genres and authors, with reference to formative theorists/philosophers of the period. In spite of its interest in diversity the module will be unified by two themes that are characteristic of the period: an intense interest in the past as well as fascination with the future.
This module aims to enhance your knowledge of a range of key issues within the study of literature in the 1910s, 20s and 30s, introducing some of the more challenging texts written during these years, as well as recent scholarly thinking on the literature of the period more generally. You will be encouraged to rethink mainstream definitions of the literary history of the early twentieth-century, and examine the complexity of the literary and cultural moment of modernism. Major topics to be covered include: literary nostalgia and innovation, narrative and traumatic-memory, the concept of Modernism, High Modernism and its aftermath, and the social and aesthetic politics of the 1930s. These will be studied across a variety of genres and authors, with reference to formative theorists/philosophers of the period.
Fees and funding
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2014/15 are currently as follows:
Home / EU £3,996 full-time; £1,998 part-time
Overseas: £12,565 full-time; £6,282.50 part-time
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Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
University of Birmingham graduates - including those due to graduate in summer 2014 - may be entitled to a fee reduction through the College of Arts and Law Alumni Bursary scheme.
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We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
How to apply
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