About your course
The MRes English at Liverpool John Moores University will enable you to carry out novel investigations on narrative, its function and potential to affect human experience and our ways of being. You will be based in our Research Centre for Literature and Cultural History, where you will work alongside other students and leading academics in this fascinating field.
- Complete this masters full time (one year)
- Staff research judged to be of international excellence and world-leading quality
- A valuable foundation for progression to PhD
- Work alongside active researchers in the field and become a part of a thriving academic community
- Excellent career development opportunities through our working relationships with Merseyside employers
I think the main plus of doing an MRes is that it has provided a good base for me to make the transition onto PhD. We have been encouraged from day one to engage with other MRes students and their projects, which really makes you feel you are part of a wider academic community.
Introduction to the School
The School of Humanities and Social Science provides an ideal environment in which to expand your knowledge and horizons at postgraduate level, leading you to a broad range of career opportunities.
Our dynamic, professional and experienced staff excel in innovative and exciting research which contributes to the teaching and learning methods you will experience here. You will join a warm and friendly learning community, offering excellent learning resources and first class student support.
Our working relationships with Merseyside employers and organisations may benefit you in both academic and personal career development. We are situated in an historic part of Liverpool, close to the Anglican Cathedral and a short walk from cafes, bars and the cultural quarter.
You will be taught, mentored and supervised by academic staff who are passionate, experienced and active in respect of critical social scientific research and the knowledge and skills you acquire will allow you to progress to doctoral research in the social sciences or are transferable to a range of academic, professional and commercial occupations.
In the 2014 REF exercise, 22% of research submitted by English Language and Literature at LJMU was rated as world-leading and a further 76% as internationally excellent or internationally recognised. This research helps ensure that our postgraduate courses are positioned at the vanguard of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts.
Why study this course at LJMU?
This MRes gives you the opportunity to pursue your own interests in literature and cultural history, under the guidance of specialist supervision and amongst a diverse community of fellow researchers. You will be provided with a valuable foundation for progressing to PhD while also developing the skills of research, analysis, conceptualisation, argument and presentation – all highly prized competencies in many areas of employment.
The programme is delivered by academics actively engaged in research under the aegis of the Research Centre for Literature and Cultural History at LJMU. Key areas of specialism include early modern literature and culture; gender and sexuality; medical humanities; 19th century literature and history; regional, national and postcolonial literatures; contemporary and everyday cultures; literature and cultural geography; 20th century and contemporary writing (British, Irish, Scottish, American). Research proposals related to these projects and specialisms are welcomed, but the capacities for supervision are broad and MRes students work in a wide range of areas within the discipline.
We are also particularly interested in interdisciplinary methodologies. Our notable areas of strength include:
- autobiography and life-writing
- womens' political writing
- 17th-century cultural politics
- 19th-century literature and history
- Irish and Scottish fiction
- Contemporary fiction (British and American)
Programme outline and structure
The English MRes combines supervised independent research with specialist training in research methods and academic skills, while also helping students become aware of the wide variety of approaches currently practised in the discipline
Over the course of the programme you will be introduced to key developments in the field of literary studies and given the skills necessary to producing a successful postgraduate research project. You will be working individually with a supervisor throughout the year, as well as taking part on taught modules with fellow English MRes students and others across the faculty. In addition, you will become a part of the wider research activities of the English department itself.
You will receive specialist supervision and study within a diverse community of fellow researchers. Staff are active in a wide range of fields, from early modern literature to prison writing, late 19th-century national identities, Scottish and Irish studies, theories of the everyday, and contemporary British fiction. They are also involved in several major research projects, including: Shakespeare North at Prescott; The Everyman Archive; The Archive of Working-Class Writing.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
- Research Methods for Arts, Professional and Social Science
Develops your generic research skills and intends to guide you through individual research projects, helping you to develop productive research questions, define the parameters of your research, apply suitable methods and present findings in a manner appropriate to your field. The module will also give you the opportunity to see yourself as part of a community of postgraduate researchers, and present your ideas to your peers accordingly
- Professional Development for Researchers in Arts, Professional and Social Science
Provides a context to identify and explore opportunities for professional training and development. Through the examination of relevant professional bodies and systems the module enhances professional knowledge, skills and understanding, and prepares you as a researcher for further doctoral study
- English Research Proposition
Introduces the methods and skills essential to work at postgraduate level in the humanities, including information retrieval, contextualisation and organisation; engages with critical theory at an advanced level; identifies questions central to research in literature in terms of identifying the object of study and evaluating work in a specific area; and develops learning processes which enable independent reflections on research
- English Research Project
Assesses the ability to present, in scholarly form, a sustained piece of research which demonstrates knowledge and understanding of a relevant field, appropriate methodologies and critical context, organises material into a clear and relevant argument, and shows the ability to work independently
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules.
Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require further guidance or clarification.
How will I be assessed?
Your assessed work is designed to advance your progress at different stages of the project and help you realise your full potential as a postgraduate researcher
Assessment is based on a range of research tasks and projects reflecting the skills developed by the various modules.
- academic essays
- annotated bibliographies
- reflective research exercises
- position papers
- oral presentations
- dissertation/research project
Staff research interests
Your self-directed study will be supported by a surrounding framework of expertise, within a scholarly community that hosts regular seminars, lectures and a fertile platform for the dissemination of research.
The Research Centre for English Literature and Cultural History conducts research in topics such as:
- Early modern literary and cultural history
- Nineteenth century studies
- Contemporary and everyday culture
- Regional, national and postcolonial literatures
- Literature and cultural geography
- Medical humanities
- Gender and sexuality.
Entry requirements (Home)
Applicants for MRes in English will normally be expected to have a good first degree (a 2:1 or above) in literature, cultural history, or a related subject.
Applications are welcomed from highly motivated non-standard entry students with relevant experience, but without the necessary formal qualifications. Prospective applicants are advised to contact the Programme Leader for further information.
Overseas applicants should have acquired passes in appropriate examinations in their country of origin, and, where English is not their first language, an IELTS score of 6.5, with a score of 7 in written work.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.
If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.
Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.
In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
Application and selection
You will be required to submit:
- a completed LJMU online application form
- academic transcript or equivalent
- two academic references.
Your application form should be supported by a research proposal of at least one A4 page with a bibliography.
The decision to admit a candidate to the programme will depend upon:
- a sufficient level of knowledge related to the discipline
- evidence of the learning capability and commitment to work at postgraduate level
- identification of a research topic that falls within the department's capacities for supervision
- presentation of a feasible and well-developed research proposal.
Research proposals should be of approximately 1000-1200 words (excluding bibliography), and might be expected to include the following:
- statement of key research aims / questions
- identification of primary sources for analysis
- brief outline of key secondary literature on the topic, and an indication of the way the research might engage with scholarly debates.
Applications will be considered by at least two programme tutors, including the Programme Leader for MRes English.
The application deadline for 2017 entry is Monday 17 July. Late applications will be considered but places may not be available.
Selection is made on the basis of the application form, but staff normally meet with prospective students to discuss the programme before they submit an application.
6.5 (Min. 5.5 (7 in writing) in each component)
58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Postgraduate loans for students from England, Wales and the EU
Postgraduate Masters loans are available for those studying in the 2017/18 academic year. The new government loans, of up to £10,280, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses. To be eligible part time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity. Personal Eligibility is based on your age, your residency and if you have studied at Masters level previously.
Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to:-
Postgraduate Loans for students from Northern Ireland
The Northern Irish government is also introducing a loan for students commencing postgraduate study from September 2017 onwards. Unlike the loan for students from England and Wales this scheme offers a loan for tuition fees only with no funding available from the NI government for living costs. The loan for tuition fees will be paid direct to LJMU.
The maximum loan for those starting in 2017 is £5,500 per course. Please note this means in some instances the loan will not cover your tuition fees in full and you will need to make alternative arrangements to pay the balance as well as source funding for your living costs.
LJMU Alumni Award
Alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
Thanks to our working relationships with a diverse range of Merseyside employers and organisations, you will enjoy excellent opportunities for academic and personal career development.
The programme is designed, in part, as a preparation for doctoral study. Students who progress to PhD often acknowledge the important role it has played in their development.
The programme teaches the advanced skills of research, conceptualization, analysis and argument, and presentation and these are highly valued in many areas of employment.
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.
Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.
These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.
You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:
- new international applicants
- current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
- LJMU international alumni
English for Postgraduate courses bursary
A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.
This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes