University of Liverpool

University of Liverpool

Directed Research in English

This course is designed both for students who wish to complete a year's research as preparation for PhD study and those wishing to complete a 1-year research project only; students choose their own topic (subject to the availability of supervision), and a course of study is designed in discussion with them; among the possibilities are topics in Medieval studies, 18th-century studies and 20th-century writing, and cross-period topics as well as historical linguistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics and the philosophy of language; directed research is undertaken mainly under individual supervision; in addition, the programme provides research training in such matters as bibliography, library use, and word-processing skills; the programme involves regular contact with a supervisor who is an expert in the student's chosen area of study; in addition, students attend seminars in research skills, and are required to present a report on a topic within their research area in the form of a seminar paper to other students and staff; the course culminates in the preparation of a 25000-word dissertation.

Entry requirements

Good 2.1 Class Bachelor's degree in English studies or a similar subject; applications from international students are welcome.; international qualifications are evaluated in line with the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines; all applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language, and are required to provide evidence of this; qualifications accepted by the university include GCSE English; GCE O level English; AS-level English; A-level English language; IELTS; TOEFL; Cambridge Proficiency etc.

Course modules

Core modules: Research resources; specimen chapter (directed research); research seminar; research skills (literature); research skills; dissertation (literature).


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,300 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 12,200 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Centre Campus Liverpool L3 5PS North West

Key information

Postgraduate Recruitment
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0151 7945927