Masters by Research English Literature

About the course

A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award. 

You undertake an original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. You are also supported by attendance at the University's Generic Training courses. During the course of the degree, you are given opportunities to present your work at major conferences. 

The degree is assessed on the final research output, in the form of a written thesis of up to 25,000 words, which is defended in a viva with an external examiner.

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Teaching methods

Research degrees are not taught programmes, but you are supported by a range of skills-based training.

You will meet with your supervisory team regularly to discuss your research and give you feedback on your writing. You are given the opportunity to attend the University's Generic Skills Training sessions.

Our emphasis is on the development of the individual student's research programme and research skills: you can expect high quality tuition and a highly supportive and friendly atmosphere in which to conduct your studies.

The degree is assessed on the final research output, in the form of a written thesis of up to 25,000 words, which is defended in a viva with an external examiner.

What’s next for my career?

Before making your formal application, we recommend that you discuss your proposed research with the appropriate member of staff in the School of Humanities, and the School’s Research Tutor, Dr. Saskia Kersten s.kersten@herts.ac.uk.

Please include an outline research proposal with your application. Members of academic staff will advise on the length and scope of the proposal.

Download an application form

Applications should be returned to DoctoralCollegeAdmissions@herts.ac.uk.

Dates

2021

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01/02/202231/07/2022Apply online (Full Time)
01/10/202131/07/2022Apply online (Part Time)
01/02/202231/07/2022Apply online (Part Time)

2022

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01/02/202331/07/2023Apply online (Full Time)
01/10/202231/07/2023Apply online (Part Time)
01/02/202331/07/2023Apply online (Part Time)

2023

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01/10/202331/07/2024Apply online (Full Time)
01/02/202431/07/2024Apply online (Full Time)
01/10/202331/07/2024Apply online (Part Time)
01/02/202431/07/2024Apply online (Part Time)
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