The MA English course aims to provide a stimulating intellectual environment that will enable you to build upon the interests and skills you acquired at undergraduate level. It features core modules in both advanced critical theory and research methodologies that will enhance your abilities in academic research, writing, and presentation, enabling you to meet the standards demanded by employers throughout your professional life.
"The module leader should be commended for running such an impressive course and for his clear concern that students achieve their potential." (2013/14 External Examiner comments).
“In my opinion, there are no weaknesses in the programme. The introduction of new modules in English Language and Linguistics in 2015/16 will majorly enhance the learning and development of students who a) come to the MA without English as their first language, or b) wish to extend their language skills to an advanced level alongside their studies in literature.” (2014/15 External Examiner’s Report)
The two skills modules, 7EN001 and 7EN002 are core modules, i.e. compulsory. Then you must choose another four modules from the list below and write a dissertation.
The modules are taught 6pm -8/9pm, three evenings per week for a full-time course.
7EN001 Texts and the Critic 1: Advanced Critical Theory
This module offers students the opportunity to locate their own scholarly practice within contemporary modes of theoretically-driven criticism. Tutor-led discussions of key theoretical interventions will enable students to critically evaluate the place and influence of dominant figures and concepts in areas such as New Historicism, Post-Structuralism, Psychoanalysis and Post Colonialism. The continued influence and application of such ideas upon current criticism will be examined through the engagement with a series of recent scholarly articles, placing students at the cutting-edge of contemporary research .
Module Tutors: Dave Ellis and William Pawlett
7EN002 Texts and the Critic 2: Research Methodologies
This module will train students in accessing, evaluating and applying information from a range of research resources, including archives, databases, bibliographies, academic journals and other publications. It will ensure students adopt a systematic and detailed use of academic conventions in presenting their work to a standard appropriate for publication.
Module Tutors: Frank Wilson and Ben Colbert
7EN003 Corpus 1: Pre-C20th Writers and their Work
Featuring distinct strands of syllabi in rotation, this module offers students a case study of 'key' literary figures prior to 1900, focusing on the work of a single artist or a pair of artists to interrogate notions of 'the author' and authorship, critically examining these texts within a range of the relevant social, historical, artistic and intellectual contexts which influence literary production. Specific case studies include: John Milton; Lord Byron; Oscar Wilde & William Morris [the latter in paired survey].
Module Tutors: Frank Wilson, Rosie Miles or Ben Colbert (depending on specific strand)
7EN004 Corpus 2: Post-1900 Writers and their Work
Featuring distinct strands of syllabi in rotation, this module offers a case study of 'key' literary figures after 1900, focusing on the work of a single artist to interrogate notions of 'the author' and authorship. Students will critically examine texts within the context of the author's canon, while also exploring the range of the relevant social, historical, artistic and intellectual forces which influence literary production. Specific case studies include: James Joyce; Virginia Woolf; J. G. Ballard.
Module Tutors: Gerry Carlin or Mark Jones
7EN005 Connectivities1: Literature, Film and Visual Cultures
Featuring distinct strands of syllabi in rotation, this module will provide an opportunity to locate the production of both literary and cinematic texts into their historical and cultural contexts. Specific attention will be paid to analysing how these works articulate issues of social formation, particularly with regard to class, sexuality, race and identity. The technique of comparing literary texts to their cinematic adaptations or equivalents will be employed to reveal differences in representation based both upon the chronological gap between publication and film release, and issues of censorship, social decorum, notions of authorship and 'authenticity' - and for some strands of the module’s study – the challenge of the recasting the past. Specific strands include: the Angry Young Men of the 1950s; Science Fiction & Fantasy; Neo-Victorian Representations.
Module Tutors: Dave Ellis, Gaby Steinke or Rosie Miles
7EN006 Connectivities 2: Literature, Genre and Period
Featuring distinct strands of syllabi in rotation, this module focuses on ways in which literary movements, forms and genres are shaped and re-shaped in response to radical changes in the political, social, philosophical and aesthetic values of the day. It will examine the pressures created by a constantly evolving popular culture, emerging technologies, and the rise of new readerships, balancing the study of canonical writers with less widely known voices. Specific strands include: Eighteenth-Century Satire; Popular Romanticism; Transnational Literature.
Module Tutors: Frank Wilson, Ben Colbert or Glyn Hambrook
This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to undertake a major piece of independent study. Under the close supervision of a member of staff, students will combine original research with a thorough analysis of the established literature in the relevant area. The ability of the student to complete this module successfully is central to demonstrating her/his capacity at Master's level.
Supervisors drawn from the English Subject team.
7EN009 Words, Meanings, and Linguistic Creativity
This module focuses on the ways in which we use words, idioms, and metaphor, and how we exploit the norms of language for creative purposes. This module will introduce you to key theories of language relating to the study of lexis, with particular emphasis on the ways in which phraseological and syntactic patterns interact to create meanings. You will be introduced to the core concepts and techniques of corpus analysis, learning how to interpret concordance data, and you will explore the ways in which meanings are exploited in texts.
Module Tutors: Dr Debbie Orpin
7EN010 The Forms and Functions of English
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the functional approach to describing the grammar of English. The module draws on a systemic theory of meaning and real texts for its analysis of language. The module will give you knowledge and understanding of key concepts in functional grammar and will equip you with the appropriate terminology with which to describe the structures of English. You will study the ways in which English is structured at the levels of sound, the word, the phrase, and the clause, and you will analyse the ways in which choices made at these levels contribute to making diverse meanings in genuine examples of English texts.
Module Tutors: Josiane Boutonnet
7EN011 Learning and Processing Language
This module will develop your understanding of First and Second Language Acquisition, and will explore how we process spoken and written language. There will be a particular emphasis on language comprehension, namely reading development and how we understand spoken words in continuous speech. You will study the development of theories in language processing and language acquisition, and will have the chance to evaluate and develop a critical awareness of the current issues surrounding selected topics within this field of study.
Module Tutors: Judith Hamilton
7EN012 Analysing Talk and Text
This module looks at Discourse Analysis (DA) and Conversational Analysis (CA) as tools for evaluating ‘naturally occurring language’ in a variety of written and spoken texts. Discourse-based approaches seek to identify and analyse the socio-psychological characteristics of language behaviour in a range of different contexts, and thus have implications for numerous non-language-centred social science disciplines and other areas of scholarship (including literature, film and media studies). Amongst the topics considered in this module are genre in written texts, textual structure, language and power, language in the workplace, media discourse, conversational strategies (moves, turns, intonation etc.) and interaction in the classroom. Students will also be introduced to other interdisciplinary analytical techniques, especially Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), which aims to go beyond the text to explain the social structures that contribute to the manipulation of the word and thus (according to advocates of CDA) perpetuate inequalities.
Module Tutors: Dr Tom Dickens
“I have only praise for the teaching and support I received. The smaller group allowed for more focus on the individual learning curve and the seminars provided not only knowledge and guidance but encouraged our independent and creative thoughts to be brought into the discussions, developing and sometimes challenging our own perspectives.” (2011-12 MA graduate)
This course has been specifically designed to provide students with a taught programme of study that combines both breadth and depth in subject content, in order to stimulate individuals’ research interests. Its unique structure uses a series of themed module pairs which focus upon one of the following: major authors from historical and contemporary periods; the intertextual relationships between genre, context and form; enhancement of research and interpretive skills.
Students are supported in making the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study throughout with subject-specific coaching on the use and application of literary theories and academic conventions, and again through the personal supervision of individual dissertations.
The MA English qualification is a source of continuing professional development for individuals already engaged in professions such as teaching, journalism and careers within local government and the public sector.
On a much broader scale, the programme will also enhance the individual qualities needed for employment in circumstances requiring sound critical judgement, good communication skills, personal responsibility and initiative within the professional environment.
The MA will also provide a sound intellectual and stylistic platform for students to progress onto doctorate level study and a career in higher education.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
Students should have a good honours BA honours degree, normally with at least half of that Award in English. International students will need IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum score of 6.0 in every element.
Once a written application has been received (including references), the subject team may decide that an applicant requires an interview before a final decision is made on her/his application.
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. The loans will provide a non means-tested loan of up to £10,000 for Masters degrees in all subject areas and modes of study. More information can be found at www.findamasters.com/funding/guides/new-uk-postgraduate-loans-scheme.aspx
Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number . A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.
University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.
Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.
If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay.