MA Professional Studies - English LiteratureDirect Applicants.

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years part-time.
  • The MA Professional Studies (English Literature) has been developed in response to new developments within further education (FE) and higher education (HE). In particular, the course focuses on challenges facing practitioners in FE institutions which are also emerging HE providers. The programme has been developed to meet the needs of practitioners who want to make the transition from FE to HE delivery and research.


    Students will be actively involved in rigorous and intellectually challenging research projects in order to develop a critical appreciation of the nature of HE research and delivery. The aim is to enable practitioners to reflect critically on their professional transition and dual role. It’s anticipated that the resulting research project will form the basis of one or more publishable papers in the subject of English literature and/or educational practice.

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Each stage of the programme (PG Cert, PG Dip, MA) is based on a 60 credit module which is delivered through a project.

1st Year
  • Stage 1: PG Cert - Conceptual and Theoretical Discourses


2nd Year
  • Stage two: PG Dip - Contemporary Contextual Issues
3rd Year
  • Stage three: MA Masters Project - Developmental Considerations

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

Course Leader

The course is led by Dr Paul Bentley, a prize-winning poet and experienced reader in English Literature with extensive research specialisms in modern poetry. Dr Bentley leads the course with enthusiasm and passion.


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    Delivery of the programme is based on the allocation of a project supervisor for each stage. The supervisor will have expertise in the chosen area and will provide guidance throughout the process.  In addition to project supervision, research workshops/seminars with other students will be offered to supplement individual project work.


    Assessment of each stage is by completed project coursework.  Formative feedback will be provided at appropriate points to give students an indication of their progress.