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Prospective MA Students

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Taught programmes
How to apply (application checklist)
English language requirements
Enrolment and induction
Further information


Our taught postgraduate 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.

Taught programmes

All 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

BASF MA Bursaries [PDF 185KB]. BASF (Ludwigshafen/Germany) are offering two bursaries which will provide a maintenance allowance of £11,850 (including tuition fees value £8,700), for UK and EU candidates on the MA in Anglo-German Cultural Relations, for the academic year 2018-19. Application deadline 1st May 2018.

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 Libby Saxton


Admissions Tutor:
Ms Hazel Pearson

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



Module Lists for the forthcoming academic year are normally made available from July and final timetable details are pulblished from 1st September.

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

When you arrive for the start of your programme you will be required to confirm the modules you are taking for assessment for the whole academic year. This must be confirmed no later than two weeks after the programme has started and your module registration will be completed via the online student information system (MySIS).

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 taught postraduate 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

2018/19 Term dates


How to apply

Application process
Applications for 2018/19 entry should be submitted no later than 31st August 2018.

Applications for PGcert in Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching (Full time January start) should be submitted no later than 15th November.

  • An earlier submission is recommended in case of delays and to enable to you meet any offer conditions.
  • If you wish to apply for funding you may also need to make an earlier application for admission. 
  • Overseas applicants requiring a visa may need to allow at least five weeks before the start of the programme to arrange this.
  • Applications submitted later than the recommended deadline above may be considered on a discretionary basis for the intended start date or for the following academic year. 

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 the start of each academic year 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 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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