This degree is composed of a research dissertation of 25,000 words (worth 120 credits) and a selection of taught modules (worth 60 credits).
You attend research training sessions and attend the weekly graduate work-in-progress seminars to which you contribute a paper in semester two, and you also work with a main supervisor and co-supervisor on a pre-agreed research topic.
Your 25,000-word dissertation is submitted at the end of the year, and marked by both an internal and an external examiner with the possibility of a viva to confirm the award.
All research students are involved in the Postgraduate Professional Development Programme, which includes weekly work-in-progress seminars. The school's energetic research culture also involves a programme of visiting speakers and regular symposia organised by staff and students.
Recent events have focused on cultural borrowings, television and memory, digital archives, transmedia storytelling and sound in the media.
The department also offers:
- advanced research training
- expert supervision (each student is allocated two supervisors)
- frequent reviews and feedback on progress
- weekly 'work-in-progress' seminars
- well-equipped work bases, with excellent library and IT facilities
- support for research trips and conference attendance, inter-library loan
- opportunities to become a teaching assistant
The Graduate School supports all postgraduates and early career researchers at the University, with dedicated study spaces, training courses and placement opportunities.
The University provides a range of support and information to enhance your student experience.
You will have access to:
- academic and disability support
- childcare services
- counselling service
- financial support
- visa and immigration advice
- welfare support
English language courses
Our Centre for English Language Education offers presessional English courses to help develop your English and study skills.
The centre is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, so you can be sure that the teaching and facilities are high-quality. You can also access free English language support alongside your academic course.
University of Nottingham Students’ Union represents all students. You can join the Postgraduate Students’ Network or speak to the dedicated Postgraduate Officer.
There are also a range of support networks, including groups for:
- international students
- black and minority ethnic students
- students with disabilities
- LGBT+ students
SU Advice provides free, independent and confidential advice on issues such as accommodation, financial and academic difficulties.
Researcher training and development
The Graduate School training and development programme empowers postgraduate students and early career research staff to develop the skills required in their research and future careers.
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 department website.
You will have two supervisors who regularly read and advise on your work and attend your work-in-progress presentation. The work-in-progress is a weekly seminar in which you present your ongoing research to your peers, supervisors and to invited members of academic staff and research students from other schools in the University.
The department has a large number of research students whose welfare is monitored through the Research Committee, supporting the good work of research students and advising students who may find themselves in difficulties.
Careers and professional development
Average starting salary and career progression
For postgraduates from the School of Cultures, Languages and Areas Studies, six months after graduation:
- 94.7% were in employment or further study
- the average salary was £20,000
Source: known destinations and salary data for full-time, home, postgraduates extracted from the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17.
Careers support and advice
Whether you are considering a career within or outside academia, we’re here to support you every step of the way.
You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate.
Expert staff will work with you to explore PhD career options and apply for vacancies, develop your interview skills and meet employers. You can book a one-to-one appointment, take an online course or attend a workshop.
Fees and funding
Government loans for masters courses
Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.
International and EU students
Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.
We provide guidance on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study. You can also access specific funding opportunities, entry requirements and other resources for students from specific countries.