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14 courses offered in the Faculty of English

The MPhil in American Literature will consist of an intensive foundation course, taught in the Michaelmas term by a team of specialists, which combines detailed attention to specified primary texts with broader investigations into the conceptual, theoretical, and cultural parameters of the literary history of the United States.

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The Master of Studies (MSt) in Creative Writing is designed for postgraduate students who wish to develop high-level skills in creative writing both in fiction and non-fiction literature. Students will be guided in the production of creative work in a range of genres and styles and also in critical reflection on their own work and that of other writers. The MSt aims to facilitate students’ creative practice, whether for their own personal creative development as writers or for professional development. Students could include teachers of English at the primary or secondary level and those working in areas such as journalism, broadcasting, publishing and editing. The programme’s administration and teaching are undertaken by the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) and its academic standards are monitored and assured by a subcommittee of the Degree Committee of the Faculty of English.

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The Masters of Studies (MSt) in Crime and Thriller Writing is designed for postgraduate students who wish to develop high-level skills in crime or thriller fiction.  Students will be guided in the production of creative work and also in critical reflection on their own work and that of other writers. The MSt aims to facilitate students’ creative practice, whether for their own personal creative development as writers or for professional development. Students could include published novelists and writers wishing to change genre.  Students may also be those working in areas such as journalism, broadcasting, publishing and editing, as well as applicants from other professions. The programme’s administration and teaching are undertaken by the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) and its academic standards are monitored and assured by a subcommittee of the Degree Committee of the Faculty of English.

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The PhD is a research degree, examined, usually after three or more years of research, by a thesis of 60,000–80,000 words. The criteria for obtaining the degree are that the thesis represent a "substantial contribution to knowledge" and that it also represent a realistic amount of work for three years' study.

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The PhD is a research degree, examined, usually after three or more years of research, by a thesis of 60,000–80,000 words. The criteria for obtaining the degree are that the thesis represent a "substantial contribution to knowledge" and that it also represent a realistic amount of work for three years' study.

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The PhD is a research degree, examined, usually after three or more years of research, by a thesis of a 60,000–80,000 words. The criteria for obtaining the degree are that the thesis represent a "substantial contribution to knowledge" and that it also represent a realistic amount of work for three years' study.

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The PhD is a research degree, examined, usually after three or more years of research, by a thesis of 60,000–80,000 words. The criteria for obtaining the degree are that the thesis represent a "substantial contribution to knowledge" and that it also represent a realistic amount of work for three years' study.

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The PhD is a research degree, examined, usually after three or more years of research, by a thesis of up to 60,000–80,000 words. The criteria for obtaining the degree are that the thesis represent a "substantial contribution to knowledge" and that it also represent a realistic amount of work for three years' study.

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The PhD is a research degree, examined, usually after three or more years of research, by a thesis of 60,000–80,000 words. The criteria for obtaining the degree are that the thesis represents a "substantial contribution to knowledge" and that it also represents a realistic amount of work for three years' study.

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The MLitt is a research degree, examined, usually after two or more years of research, by a thesis of up to 60,000 words. The criteria for obtaining the degree is that the thesis represents a "substantial contribution to knowledge", but the criteria are adapted to take account of the fact that the course lasts only two years.

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The MPhil in 18th-Century and Romantic Studies provides a nine-month course of literary study in "the long eighteenth century" (roughly 1688 to 1832), the period of Enlightenment and the rise of Romanticism, during which many of the structures of our modern world were formed. The course, which consists of seminars and classes together with individual study and supervision, allows students to range widely across a rich array of literary and intellectual sources.

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The MPhil in Criticism and Culture is an innovative nine-month course of literary study with an interdisciplinary and comparative focus, running from October until the end of June. It aims to provide an introduction to and training in different aspects of contemporary literary criticism and literary and cultural theory.

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The MPhil in Modern and Contemporary Literature is a nine-month course that runs from October to June. This exciting MPhil explores the rich array of literature in English from 1830 to the present and encourages students to pay particular attention to the relationship of literary texts and their historical and intellectual contexts.

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The MPhil in Medieval and Renaissance literature is one of the most successful courses of its kind. Each year it attracts a first-class intake of students from the UK and abroad, and its graduates have an outstanding record in gaining employment in the academic world and outside. The Medieval and Renaissance strands are separate, but it is possible to borrow some elements, and this is not uncommon. Each student works closely with a member of the Faculty on his or her chosen dissertation topic, as well as participating in seminars and classes. Training in how to read a manuscript and early printed materials ensures that every student on the course is able to make use of the extensive collections in the University Library and in College libraries.

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From the Faculty of Education

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Advanced Subject Teaching has been designed to help English and History teachers develop their subject knowledge and enhance their professional and academic standing. It will provide a two-year, part-time route to a full University of Cambridge Master’s degree. 

The MSt has been developed by the University of Cambridge's Institute of Continuing Education in association with the Faculties of Education, English and History, and with The Prince's Teaching Institute.

 

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From the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic

This unique programme allows students to achieve an understanding of early Insular culture as a whole, while also specialising in aspects of particular interest. Although 50 per cent of the overall assessment is an independently researched dissertation, formal teaching is offered in the form of weekly text seminars.

Students also follow two undergraduate courses of their choice, in order to acquire or enhance disciplines appropriate to their individual research subject (eg history, palaeography, languages, philology, textual criticism). In addition there will be regular meetings with the MPhil supervisor allocated to each student.

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From the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic

The ASNC PhD is a research degree, examined, usually after three years of research, by a thesis of up to 80,000 words. The Department can offer doctoral supervision on topics in a variety of early medieval languages and literatures, in the history of a comparable range of geographical areas, as well as in palaeography.

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Professor Steven Connor
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  • 110 Academic Staff
  • 3 Postdoctoral Researchers
  • 200 Graduate Students
  • 650 Undergraduates

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