MA by Research in English Studies


Penryn Campus

The Masters by Research like other research degrees contains no taught element and offers you the opportunity to pursue a research project without entering into the commitment of a PhD. The programme is intended both as an award in its own right or as a progression route to a PhD. The programme can be studied one year full-time, or two years part-time and is assessed by a written dissertation of up to 40,000 words.

The Department of English in Cornwall is home to a thriving intellectual community, and we welcome proposals from prospective research students. All members of staff are active researchers, with interests encompassing literature in English from the early Renaissance to the contemporary. This variety is reflected in the topics currently being studied by research students, which range from folklore to Modernist fiction, from psychoanalysis to eighteenth-century women’s fiction.

Research students are encouraged to participate in the Department’s regular research seminar series, which involve staff, postgraduates and visiting speakers. Research students are also entitled to use dedicated workspace within the Department and the Departmental library.

There is a special emphasis on the relationship between literature and place, in which our academic staff have developed a distinct and respected research profile. We are the home of the Exeter Centre for Literature, Identity, Place and Sustainability (ECLIPSE). The Centre facilitates interdisciplinary research into literary representations and constructions of identity and place, characterising this relationship in broad and imaginative terms, by dealing with literatures (ie writings, oral history and folklore) and other discourses of myth, memory, and history, and how these relate to particular environments, whether natural or built.