Keele University

Keele University


This course offers supervision in clearly defined pathways, with many different possibilities within each; they are: 20th and 21st-Century writing (Contemporary British fiction; realism to modernism: British fiction 1880-1930; postcolonial fiction; popular fiction); literature and film (postmodernism: fiction, film and theory; Shakespeare; Gothic literature; novels); Renaissance and early modern studies (writing and culture in early modern Britain; Shakespearean performance and theatrical repertories; erotic bodies; sex in the city; hamlet and revenge; the court masque; gender and tragedy; Caroline drama; early travel writing; Puritan tradition; Johnsonian theatre); romanticism and the long 19th century; literary theory; material culture.

Entry requirements

Students are accepted onto the programme on the basis of an honours degree at second class (normally a 2.1), or higher (or international equivalent). Applicants with other qualifications and appropriate experience are considered on a case-by-case basis. Students registered at overseas Institutions which are ERASMUS partners or have existing exchange agreements with Keele and who wish to take parts of this Programme as an exchange student will be required to satisfy the criteria for qualification for such an exchange agreed by their home institution in consultation with CIED. Students for whom English is a 2nd language will be required to satisfy the criteria outlined in the first paragraph of this section, however we will also require English language proficiency of at least 7.0 in IELTS test scores (or equivalent).

Course modules

Semester 1: humanities masters research training: research skills in the humanities; canon, anti-canon, context; criticism, analysis, theory. Semester 2: humanities masters research training: reflective practice in the humanities; canon, anti-canon, context. Option modules: post colonialism, fiction/film and theory; Victorian culture and context: Victorian narrative and interpretation; contemporary British fiction; Shakespearean stages: advanced studies in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries; romantic voices ; sex, scandal and society: eighteenth-century writing; Dickens Collins and detection and neo-Victorian contexts; film noir: the dark side of America; silence, strength and sentiment: gender and sexuality in nineteenth-century American writing; James Joyce�s Ulysses; Canadian metropolis. Semester 3: dissertation.

Assessment methods

Essays test the quality and application of subject knowledge. Critical analyses of other scholars� work test students� ability to identify and summarise the key points of a text and to evaluate the quality of arguments and the evidence used to support them. Annotated bibliographies test students� ability to analyse and evaluate critically a range of secondary and source materials with a view towards specific areas of research. Project outlines test students� ability to plan, prepare, and structure a viable research project. Reflective study diaries test students� ability to engage self-reflexively with their study and practice within their field. Short research papers test student�s knowledge of different research methodologies. Oral presentations, either by individual students or in groups, assess students� subject knowledge and understanding. Dissertations test students� ability to carry out independent research and communicate findings in an extended piece of written work following recognised academic standards of presentation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time £ 3,996 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MRes Full-time £ 12,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MRes Part-time £ 1,998 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Keele Campus Keele ST5 5BG West Midlands

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