Humanities Research at De Montfort University - UCAS

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Course summary

This course provides a flexible structure to support you in developing an individual research specialism in either English Language, English Literature or History. The curriculum enables you to explore your independent research goals in each module, with research methodology taught alongside supervised subject-specific research. Designed to develop your skills in a step-by-step approach, the course culminates in an extended piece of writing in your chosen area. Our staff are renowned for their research and we can supervise areas such as:

  • English Language – Global Englishes and sociolinguistics
  • English Literature – digital humanities; adaptation studies; Shakespeare; Medieval and Renaissance studies; Romantic and Victorian literature; Modernist studies; contemporary literature; American literature; and history of the book
  • History - War, Conflict and Peace; Migration history; Visual History; Heritage and Public History; Sport and Leisure History
You will graduate with the area of your specialism named in the award title, for example, MA in Humanities Research (English Literature). You will be awarded either an MA or MSc depending on your skills, aspirations and your choice of emphasis for the Dissertation, with the MSc reflecting work that employs a substantive use of scientific experimentation. You will also collaborate with fellow students to organise a one-day humanities conference, gaining skills in event management and presenting a paper. The course enhances your ability to think creatively and solve complex problems with originality, and develops transferable skills that are highly valued in many sectors. It is therefore an ideal stepping-stone to either research at PhD level or a career in teaching, publishing, research, media, event management or the creative and heritage industries. You will join a thriving research community and be encouraged to participate in research events, conferences and networking with our established research centres including the Centre for Adaptations, the Centre for Textual Studies, the Photographic History Research Centre and the International Centre for Sports History and Culture. Key features
  • Tailor the curriculum to your own specialist research interests and receive expert teaching and supervision from leading scholars who have national and international reputations for their expertise.
  • Benefit from both collaborative teaching and individual learning experiences and receive personalised feedback to help you to reach your independent research goals.
  • Practical training in presenting work, research and organising a conference gives you real-world skills for a career in teaching, publishing, research, media or event management.
  • Benefit from Education 2030, where a simplified ‘block learning’ timetable means you will study one subject at a time and have more time to engage with your learning, receive faster feedback and enjoy a better study-life balance.

Assessment method

At the start of the course you will be supported to develop your own research area and this specialist topic will provide the focus for all assessments. The taught modules will develop your practical skills in research to prepare you for your final dissertation and will consist mostly of tutorials and seminars, in which you will collaborate with students from across the cohort. There is a mix of assessments to enable you to display your skills and knowledge in a variety of ways. These include a research poster, essay, case study analysis, conference presentation, reflective essay, research proposal (including an annotated bibliography), and a dissertation. You will have the opportunity to tailor your assessments to your chosen area of research specialism and your strengths. Contact hours In Blocks 1 and 3 you will attend an average of 4 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, including seminars and tutorials, and will be expected to undertake 30-40 hours of independent study each week. Blocks 2 and 4-6 will be predominantly self-directed (including meetings with your supervisor), during which you can expect to undertake between 35 and 40 hours of independent study each week.

Entry requirements

You should have the equivalent or above of a 2:2 UK bachelor’s honours degree in a relevant subject area. We encourage and welcome applications from applicants with a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9435 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9435 Year 1
Scotland £9435 Year 1
Wales £9435 Year 1
International £15800 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Humanities Research at De Montfort University - UCAS