SECTION 6
POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

6.1  FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME STUDY: HOURS AND WORKLOAD

You may register for any postgraduate degree on either a full-time or a part-time basis. In general, the workload expected of a part-time student is half that expected of someone who is full-time. If you are registered full-time for a postgraduate degree in the Department of English, you should expect to work an average of forty hours a week over forty-six weeks of the year. If you are part-time, the expectation is twenty hours a week, averaged out over the year. All postgraduates have the same access to the University’s libraries and to the other facilities that are available in the University, the Faculty, and the Department.

Taking a higher degree part-time is an increasingly popular option, but it can pose special problems. Postgraduates who have family commitments, or who are working to earn their living at the same time as they are pursuing their studies, can experience difficulties in managing their time to the best effect. Equally, attending seminars and lectures, arranging consultations about your written work, or setting up sessions for supervision, often need to be balanced against competing demands. Staff in English are well aware of these pressures, and, if you need us, we are there to help you cope with them.  We will try to arrange sessions to minimise such difficulties, and arrangements for consultation and supervision are as flexible as we can make them. Above all, if you are experiencing problems managing your work then tell us. We will always do our best to help you find solutions.

MA Studies
 
Formal teaching sessions are concentrated within two terms, each of which runs for eleven weeks. Outside term-time you need to structure your own study, and staff in the Department are very willing to give you guidance on how best to do this. There are essays to complete, consultations with staff about your work, reading and preparation for the next stage of the programme; feedback questionnaires; and during Summer Term and into the period of the Summer Vacation you research and write a 20,000-word dissertation on a topic of your own choosing.