Modern Languages MA (by research)

 
  

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Qualification
MA (by research) Modern Languages
Duration
One year full-time, two years part-time
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities or social science subject.
IELTS
7.0 (6.5) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September 2016
Campus
University Park
Other requirements

Research overview

The MA (by research) is a PhD in miniature. You select a topic, in consultation with a prospective supervisor, and over the course of a year’s full-time registration, you gather materials, read reference works you have located yourself or which have been recommended to you by your supervisor, hone your thoughts and your focus, and in the end, produce a thesis of about 35,000 words in length. Y

In the initial stages, your supervisor will send you to a series of Graduate School research preparation courses. Throughout the year, he/she will help you to develop those research skills appropriate to your discipline and type of investigation. You will be expected to attend all departmental research seminars and special lectures, to broaden your horizons. You will also be asked to contribute to the end-of-year Postgraduate Forum with a mini-presentation of your own.

 

Facilities

  • Postgraduate study suite
  • Designated computing facilities within Trent Building
  • Support for research trips and conference attendance, interlibrary loans and printing and photocopying costs. 

Hallward Library

The Hallward Library is dedicated to the Faculty of Arts and is situated in the centre of campus, just a few minutes walk from The School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies. It holds a wide range of subject-specific resources.

IT Facilities

The University provides students with access to general IT facilities through a number of computer rooms spread across its campuses. Such areas are conveniently located in all University libraries on campus.

The majority of computer rooms are open to all members of the University and contain PC workstations and printing facilities. In some of the larger rooms, more specialised equipment is provided such as text and image scanners, colour printing and high powered Unix workstations.

Connected Campus Network Zones are areas in the University where you can either access wireless networking or plug laptops directly into the University network. This is a major development which provides students with roaming access to the internet and University network.

The Language Centre

The Language Centre houses a Self Access Centre providing facilities to support language teaching in the school, such as books, audio/video tapes, satellite TV, reading, reference and multimedia materials.

You can visit the centre to improve your fluency in a language you are studying for your degree, or you can learn additional languages from beginners’ stage, such as Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Modern Greek, Italian, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. These languages can be studied independently on a self-learning basis, or as part of taught courses.

 

Research support

Research students benefit from the well-established research environment and professional training available. Postgraduates have the opportunity to participate in a range of vital learning experiences while studying in the department, including the department’s Postgraduate Professional Development Programme and the University’s Graduate School research training courses. Many of our research students publish high-quality books and articles and have secured teaching positions in universities both in the UK and abroad.

Research supervision 

In terms of research student supervision, the department does all it can to meet recommended practice in this area. Students have supervisors who regularly read and advise on their work and attend that student’s works-in-progress presentation. Work-in-progress sessions are regularly held and provide an opportunity for students to present their ongoing research to their peers, supervisors, invited members of academic staff and research students from other Schools in the University.

Support for students 

Students have dedicated study space within the School, accessing computers and the Internet. Research students are also offered advice on publishing and professional development by supervisors and through the Postgraduate Professional Development Programme, which involves stage-specific training sessions offered by the Arts Graduate Centre. There are opportunities for students to act as teaching assistants on undergraduate courses. In order to do this, students are required to take training courses run by the Graduate School in the year prior to such teaching and to attend the School’s teaching induction sessions. Teaching assistants are supported and monitored by the module convenors, the Chair of Teaching Committee and the Director of Research.

 

Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. 

Details of research supervisors can be found on the School website.

 

Funding

If you choose to study with us, there are various sources of funding to which you can apply. Some are administered by the school, others by research bodies to which the school has links, and others by the University and central government sources. These opportunities are often specific to particular degree programmes, or to the fee-status of a student, so it is important to read all related information very carefully.

More information about funding can be found on the following web pages.

School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies funding pages

University of Nottingham Graduate School funding pages

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

Visit the department page for additional opportunities.

Average starting salary and career progression

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers.*

In 2016, 96.6% of postgraduates from the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £25,314 with the highest being £35,000.**

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research. 

**Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career Prospects and Employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from  careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.

Our Careers and  Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.  

 
 
 

Disclaimer
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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