The Department offers two possible routes towards the degree of MA by Research. Route A consists of a 40,000-word dissertation; Route B is a more flexible course, with a shorter dissertation of up to 25,000 words, two 5,000-word essays, and language training, designed to help students prepare for doctoral work. Both versions are available to part-time and full-time students. The entry requirement for both is the same - usually at least a high 2-1 or first-class undergraduate degree in a relevant subject area. Please see our research specialisms.

Route A

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‘A thesis submitted in fulfilment of the requirements of a degree of Master shall be clearly and concisely written, show evidence of originality in knowledge and interpretation, and shall also be judged on its scholarly presentation. In addition, it shall contain a full bibliography.

The thesis shall not exceed 40,000 words, exclusive of appendices, footnotes, tables, and bibliography.’

For recommendations available to examiners, see Section 5 of the university regulations.

Route B

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