NUI Galway Postgraduate Prospectus 2021

School of English and Creative Arts College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies English

PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE: MA. DURATION: 1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time NUMBER OF PLACES: 15 COURSE INSTANCE(S): 1MEN1, full-time; 1MEN2, part-time FEES AND FUNDING: Fees information and funding opportunities: pages 286 and 288. WHEN TO APPLY: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. See page 284 for full details of when and how to apply.

Your Course The MA in English has two main strands: the taught classes (from a wide selection of modules) and the independent research project (the dissertation). This two-fold dimension enables students to develop their knowledge and skills with the guidance of lecturers in the taught coursework and to develop a substantial autonomous research and writing project. Students take one core taught module (Writing and Research). In this module, students advance their research skills and they develop a range of higher-level research, reading, and writing strategies. Students learn how to design, revise and carry out a credible dissertation plan. Students choose a further five elective taught modules from a wide range of options in the areas of literature (e.g., Shakespeare, Old and Middle English, American literature, Dickens), literary theory (e.g., narratology), and cultural and social theory, as well as in the cognate areas of film studies, drama, Irish studies, digital humanities and journalism (e.g., textual studies, book history, colonialism, film theory, Beckett, Wilde, digital film, Irish modernity). The coursework takes place during term; work on the dissertation spans the second semester for full-time students, or fourth semester for part-time students, and the summer after coursework has been concluded. The dissertation is 15,000 words long and is submitted in early August. Career Opportunities The taught coursework on this programme will enable students to extend their knowledge of English beyond the boundaries of their undergraduate experience and to develop a range of important and transferable skills that will serve them well in the job market or in further education, for example on a PhD programme. Students will learn how to achieve a regular habit of research and writing, meet deadlines, give persuasive, well-researched talks and presentations, use libraries and resources effectively, articulate ideas to others, work in a team, write well, and revise, edit and improve drafts of written work. These are valuable skills that will translate easily into a wide range of careers. Graduates of this programme are well placed to succeed in arts administration, teaching, creative writing, PR, research, broadcasting, publishing, journalism, non-fiction writing and marketing. Minimum Entry Requirements BA in an Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences discipline with a minimum result of H2.2 overall, with a H2.1 in English, or an equivalent international qualification (e.g., BA with minimum GPA of 3.0 for North American applicants). FIND OUT MORE AT: english.html

CONTACT Dr Frances McCormack T: +353 91 495 348 E:


1. The excellent oral and written communication skills, advanced research skills and critical thinking skills that an MA in English cultivates are highly valued by employers. 2. This qualification is recognised as a career-advancing asset within the education, culture, media and knowledge industries. 3. You can propose your own topic of study for your research project, allowing you to pursue your particular interests.

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