Whether you are seeking high-level training before embarking on doctoral research; or are a recent graduate wishing to extend and enhance your studies for a year before pursuing a career; or are already in employment and looking for career development; or simply wish to broaden your intellectual horizons, this MA programme is designed to help you achieve your goals. We believe it will be a stimulating, challenging, and highly rewarding experience.
Skills to be Acquired
• A familiarity with and critical understanding of key methodological approaches, techniques, concepts and debates in the study of culture and cultural production in English.
• An advanced familiarity with and critical understanding of key ideas, concepts, debates and intellectual approaches relevant to a particular subject area within the programme (e.g. criticism and theory, film studies).
• The appropriate analytical and critical skills to identify, understand and interpret texts and contexts relevant to a particular subject area.
• The ability to engage with and communicate complex ideas and issues in both written form and verbally in the context of seminar presentations and discussions.
• The ability to formulate research questions and utilise appropriate bodies of knowledge, research techniques and methodologies to provide answers to such questions.
• The ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others through joint seminar presentations and group discussions.

The programme will be available on either a one year full-time or two year part-time basis. Students will take four optional modules worth 30 credits each. They will also complete a dissertation of 20,000 words for 60 credits. Part time students take two optional modules in year one completing the two remaining optional modules and the dissertation in year two.

Classes will be seminar-based with assessment primarily taking the form of long essays, and a 20,000-word dissertation. Library holdings are extensive and are constantly kept up to date.

Part-time Students
Part-time students must complete two optional modules in their first year, and two optional modules in their second year. Students also submit a dissertation of approximately. 20,000 words by the dissertation deadline in the year in which their programme is completed. Part-time Masters students should be conscious that over the summer break following their first year they may feel very much in limbo, particularly as many of their fellows will be concentrating solely on the business of writing dissertations. The Department suggests that part-time Masters students both be particularly conscious of their motivational levels and remember that MA module convenors – indeed, all members of staff – will be available over the summer break to suggest readings and research to help structure this period of ‘down-time’. 

Personal Tutors
For the MA in English Literary Studies in your personal tutor will be the director of the MA, Vike Plock (v.plock@ex.ac.uk). For the MA in Creative Writing, your Personal Tutor will be the Director of the MA (CW), Belinda Castles (B.Castles@exeter.ac.uk). For the MA in International Film Business, your Personal Tutor will be the Director of the MA (IFB), Will Higbee (w.e.higbee@ex.ac.uk). During the year you will have scheduled meetings with your personal tutor to discuss your academic progress. Your personal tutor is also available in weekly office hours for you to discuss any problems or queries you might have. You can arrange to see them by signing up on the booking sheet on their office door. Alternatively, you can email them to make an appointment. 

The Department of English has its own student guide to personal tutoring, which can found on the Departmental website. You are advised to read through this in order to familiarise yourself with your responsibilities as a personal tutee.

There may be occasions when, because of change of staff, research leave, illness, etc. your Personal Tutor will need to be changed by the Department. This will be done automatically by the Department administration and you will be notified immediately.

The person overseeing the Personal Tutoring scheme is the Senior Tutor, Andrew Rudd. If you experience any problems with your Personal Tutor or with the scheme in general, they are the people to contact.

Director of MA English Literary Studies

Dr Vike Plock

Email: v.plock@ex.ac.uk

Director of MA Creative Writing

Dr Belinda Catles

Email: B.Castles@exeter.ac.uk


Director of MA International Film Business

Professor Will Higbee

Email: w.e.higbee@ex.ac.uk

Director of Education

Dr Henry Power

Email: h.c.j.power@ex.ac.uk