Report 15: The Taught MA in English

Postgraduate studies


Based on interviews with postgraduate students and MA programme leaders and a survey of course provision, this report examines the varied purposes served by the taught postgraduate degree in English studies. It explores why students undertake MAs and why departments provide them. The report highlights the pressure on the MA to meet different student needs, from those ‘topping up’ their BA to those seeing it as training for a PhD. Those concerned with postgraduate provision in their department, or across the discipline as a whole, will find it an engaging read.

Author: Samantha Smith with a Foreword by Professor Jacqueline Labbe
Published: October 2007
ISBN: 978-1-905846-13-9

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