MA by Research in European Cultures

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MA by Research 1Yr FT
    MA by Research 2Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.1

Course Overview

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The MA by Research in European Cultures is designed primarily for students wishing to pursue comparative projects in literary and / or film studies. As a department we are strong in Memory Studies, Women’s Writing and Feminism, the theory and practice of translation, politics and culture in the twentieth century and we welcome enquiries in these and other areas. We expect to advise applicants on their choice of topic in advance of application, however, and to work further on this choice in the course of the first term.

Key Features

An MA by Research in European Cultures gives you the chance to pursue a project based around your own passions and interests, leading to a qualification which can open the door to an academic career or boost employment prospects outside academia (typically in the private sector, the Civil Service, or education).

We have expertise in French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish and offer joint supervision where appropriate with American Studies, English Literature, History, Welsh or Media Studies. Knowledge of one of the above European languages is not essential, but it is never too late to begin to acquire language skills and this is highly encouraged. All students have two supervisors whose expertise lies in different areas, which fosters a spirit of interdisciplinary research. Projects with a focus in the Romance languages (French, Italian, Spanish) may qualify for a full-fee Maney Bursary.

All research students are required to attend skills and training courses at College and Institutional level. They give presentations to other research students and staff at departmental seminars and the annual departmental postgraduate symposium in June and the College of Arts and Humanities conference in October. Advanced research students may have opportunities to teach undergraduate tutorials and seminars. You have a budget (currently £200 per year) to attend conferences outside Swansea.

MA by Research degrees typically last from one year (full-time study) to two years (part-time study).

Description

The MA by Research in European Cultures is ideal for those who want:

  • an MA qualification in niche areas where taught programmes are not offered;
  • the experience of a research degree without committing to a PhD, while retaining the option to upgrade to MPhil or PhD. 

You attend a series of training courses and have regular supervisions while you are reading around your topic and / or collecting your data and materials. You will write a 5000-word introductory essay in the first term and have designed an outline and sketched a synopsis by this stage. You will agree a series of milestones and deadlines with your experienced supervisory team who will accompany you each step of the way on your research journey.

Research proposals are invited on any topic for which staff can provide supervision. It is advisable to email a member of academic staff in the appropriate area before applying (see staff web pages).

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Julian Preece (j.e.preece@swansea.ac.uk).

Entry Requirements

MA by Research - You should hold or expect to achieve a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in a related subject or hold relevant work experience. If you hold a qualification from a non-UK institution please see our academic entry requirements for International qualifications (non-EU) and EU qualifications (non UK).

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 5.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found at: www.swansea.ac.uk/english-tests

How To Apply

Apply online and track your application status at www.swansea.ac.uk/applyonline.

You may enrol in September, January, April or July.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MA by Research Full-time £4,120 £13,300
MA by Research Part-time £2,060 £6,650

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

Assessment

You submit a thesis of up to 40, 000 words, which demonstrates a significant contribution to the subject area. This is followed by an oral examination of the thesis (viva) by two examiners who are not your supervisors, one of whom is external to Swansea.