6.2  MA PROGRAMMES IN ENGLISH & FILM

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 and Film Studies.
• 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. American and Atlantic Studies, Criticism and Theory, Enlightenment and Romanticism, Film Studies, Modern and Contemporary Literary Studies, Renaissance Studies, Victorian Studies, World and Postcolonial Cultures).
• 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.

Programme
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 15,000 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 15,000-word dissertation. Library holdings are extensive and are constantly kept up to date.

 

The full program specification can be accessed via this link: http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/postgraduatetaught/programmes/PTA1EGLEGL11/

 

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 15,000-word 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 many of their full-time fellow students will be concentrating solely on writing their 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 and that this is a good moment to take stock, prepare the reading for the modules in the following terms as well as start developing dissertation ideas. 

 

Personal Tutors

For the MA in English Literary Studies in your personal tutor will be the director of the MA, Dr Florian Stadtler (F.C.J.Stadtler@exeter.ac.uk). For the MA in Creative Writing, your Personal Tutor will be the Director of the MA (CW), Dr John Clarke (J.Clarke@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 email them to make an appointment. 

The Department of English has its own student guide to personal tutoring, which can be 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, Dr Kirsty Martin (K.Martin@exeter.ac.uk).