A Master's by Research (MA) allows you to undertake a one year (full-time) research degree. It contains little or no formal taught component. This type of study gives you the chance to explore a research topic over a shorter time than a more in-depth doctoral programme.
Research Master's students choose a specific project to work on and have a greater degree of independence in their work than is the case with a taught Master's course.
You'll be expected to work to an approved programme of work which you will develop in conjunction with your supervisor within the first few months of starting your studies. Your main supervisor will normally head a supervisory team which will comprise up to three members. The research supervisor will take the lead in advising you and supporting you as you work on your project.
Whilst undertaking the research project you’ll be part of an active and exciting research community in English Literature and Creative Writing at Huddersfield. You will develop your research skills by taking part in training courses and events. You will also have the opportunity to present your research to your peers, including at the subject area’s postgraduate conference.
At the end of the project, you'll write up your findings in the form of a short thesis of up to 25,000 words, which will then be examined by both an internal and an external examiner.
On successful completion, you will be awarded your degree and if you have enjoyed this taste of research you may then decide to apply for the full research doctoral degree (PhD).