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Prospective MA Students

MA programmes

Our master's programmes offer students grounding in research methods and skills, an introduction to the critical theories and approaches relevant to the area of study, and a choice of more specialised options. They are an essential preparation for students who wish to continue to doctoral work and are also of interest to those who want to broaden their intellectual horizons. Students are from a wide variety of backgrounds and age groups and come both from the UK and overseas.

All MA programmes are available both full-time and part-time. These are listed below with the current admissions tutor and links provided to details about each programme:

Anglo-German Cultural Relations

Admissions Tutor:
Professor Rüdiger Görner

Four bursaries provided by BASF (Ludwigshafen/GERMANY) are currently available for this programme, 2017/18 entry, to cover full-time fees for home (UK) and EU students. Closing Date: 12pm 1st May 2017.


Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching
or PGCert / PGDip

Admissions Tutor:
Professor Kathryn Richardson


Comparative Literature

Admissions Tutor:
Dr Shital Pravinchandra


Documentary Practice

Admissions Tutor:
Ms Athena Mandis


Film Studies

Admissions Tutor:
Dr Jenny Chamarette



Admissions Tutor:
Dr Esther de Leeuw


MRes in Linguistics (1 year full time)
This is an approved pathway for ESRC funding, enabling students to apply for ESRC 1+3 funding to cover both the MRes and a PhD, and successful MRes graduates to apply subsequently for ESRC +3 PhD funding.

Admissions Tutor:
Dr Erez Levon


MA timetables

MA timetables for the forthcoming academic year are normally made available from July.

If you are in receipt of an offer, further information about your programme will be sent to you from the end of July. You will be asked to complete and return a form with your provisional choice of option modules, in accordance with the programme structure, prior to commencing the programme.

When you arrive for the start of your programme, you will be required to confirm the modules you are taking for assessment during the academic year using the online module registration system MySIS. This must be completed no later than two weeks after the programme has started.

Research training
The School offers a short series of 1-hour, non-credit bearing, research training sessions in semester one. These are common to students on all MA programmes in the School and attendance is compulsory.

2017/18 teaching semesters:
Semester I
25 September 2017- 15 December 2017

Semester II
8 January 2018 - 29 March 2018


How to apply

Application process
Applications for 2017/18 entry should be submitted no later than 31st August 2017.

  • An earlier submission is recommended to avoid delays in the summer and to enable to you meet any offer conditions.
  • Overseas applicants requiring a visa may need to allow at least five weeks before the start of the programme to arrange this.
  • Later applications submitted in September may be considered on a discretionary basis for 2017/18 or for the following academic year. 
  • If you wish to apply for funding you may also need to make an earlier application for admission. 

Application Checklist

Application Form:
This is available via the online application process.

Degree Transcripts/Certificates:
You should include those that you have already obtained. If you need to post these, please provide copies, not the original documents. If these documents are in a language other than English, a certified translation must also be provided.

English Language Proficiency:
Overseas applicants from non-English speaking countries should provide evidence of proficiency in English.

Personal Statement:
It is recommended that you also provide a statement to explain why you wish to apply for the programme and provide any further information in support of your application. This should typically be one side of A4 paper

Reference Letter:

  • You will need to provide the contact details of two referees.
  • At least one reference must be from an academic referee who is in a position to comment on the standard of your academic work and suitability for postgraduate level study. Where appropriate, a second referee can provide comment on your professional experience.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. The College's preferred test is the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) and the School will  require an overall score of at least 7.0, plus 7.0 in the writing element. Further details and a table showing how the IELTS compares with scores of other tests which are accepted by the College for entry can be found on the College website for English Language Requirements.


Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment for 2017/18 takes place in September. Once you are in receipt of an offer, have accepted your place online and met any conditions set, instructions for online pre-enrolment will be sent to you by the Admissions Office from August. Once you have completed pre-enrolment, you will then receive further instructions on how to complete your enrolment in person.

The School will also hold an Induction Meeting for each MA programme.


Further information

More information is on the College website for admissions, accommodation, fees, fundinginternational students and open events or to order the Postgraduate Prospectus.

For more information about applying for postgraduate study in the School, please contact:
Postgraduate Studies
Tel: +44 20 7882 8332

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