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7 courses offered in the Faculty of English

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Creative Writing is designed for postgraduate students who wish to develop high-level skills in creative writing both in fiction and non-fiction literature. Students will be guided in the production of creative work in a range of genres and styles and also in critical reflection on their own work and that of other writers. The MSt aims to facilitate students’ creative practice, whether for their own personal creative development as writers or for professional development. Students could include teachers of English at the primary or secondary level and those working in areas such as journalism, broadcasting, publishing and editing. The programme’s administration and teaching are undertaken by the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) and its academic standards are monitored and assured by a subcommittee of the Degree Committee of the Faculty of English.

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The Masters of Studies (MSt) in Crime and Thriller Writing is designed for postgraduate students who wish to develop high-level skills in crime or thriller fiction.  Students will be guided in the production of creative work and also in critical reflection on their own work and that of other writers. The MSt aims to facilitate students’ creative practice, whether for their own personal creative development as writers or for professional development. Students could include published novelists and writers wishing to change genre.  Students may also be those working in areas such as journalism, broadcasting, publishing and editing, as well as applicants from other professions. The programme’s administration and teaching are undertaken by the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) and its academic standards are monitored and assured by a subcommittee of the Degree Committee of the Faculty of English.

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The MPhil in Digital Humanities is a nine-month course that runs from October to June.  The course is directed by Cambridge Digital Humanities, a research centre with links across a wide range of faculties and units at Cambridge.  The course is administered by the Faculty of English. 

 This exciting MPhil explores the ways in which the humanities engage with digital futures, digital research, and digital cultures, as questions arise around the ethics of automation, algorithmic analysis, privacy/surveillance, virtual cultures, data sharing, intelligent agency and creativity, archival justice and digital histories, collections and heritage issues. 

The course gives students critical/theoretical orientations and delivers a structured form of engagement with digital methods, tools, and approaches while enabling flexibility in terms of specialism.  Students may come from multiple disciplines and the course caters to different skill levels in DH methods. Students take two broad core courses – Approaches and Methods, and Data and Algorithmic Analysis – and follow two courses from a basket of more specialist options. The course is assessed through shorter essays and a year-long dissertation or portfolio project. 

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The PhD is a research degree, examined, usually after three or more years of research, by a thesis of 60,000–80,000 words. The criteria for obtaining the degree are that the thesis represent a "substantial contribution to knowledge" and a realistic amount of work for three years' study.

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The MPhil in English Studies is an innovative, flexible 9-month course offering first-class teaching from a faculty with a distinguished international reputation in English. Students will be encouraged to pursue bold lines of enquiry relating to literature, criticism and culture. Within a flexible framework, students will be able to study particular areas in depth, drawing on the wide-ranging programme of seminars available to build a coherent, focused sense of historical or conceptual specialism, or to explore very diverse topics. Work towards an individual research project, assessed in the form of a dissertation, takes place throughout the course. Each student works closely with a member of the Faculty on their chosen dissertation topic while participating in collaborative seminars and classes. Extensive training in vital skills for postgraduate work in the humanities is provided.

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The Master of Studies (MSt) in Writing for Performance is designed for postgraduate students who wish to develop high-level theoretical skills, and a vibrant and innovative creative practice within writing for a range of performance mediums. Writing for Performance is defined as scripts for theatre, film/TV, radio drama, comedy, or text for performance art/poetry/installations, and for digital platforms. The programme aims to facilitate experimental creative writing practices, while developing students’ ability to think conceptually about performance theories, histories, traditions and forms. Students could include those currently working, or wishing to work, in the creative industries. This might include teachers, publishers, dramaturgs, literary managers, journalists and broadcasters. The programme’s administration and teaching are undertaken by the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) and its academic standards are monitored and assured by a subcommittee of the Degree Committee of the Faculty of English.

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The Master of Studies (MSt) in Writing for Performance is designed for postgraduate students who wish to develop high-level theoretical skills, and a vibrant and innovative creative practice within writing for a range of performance mediums. Writing for Performance is defined as scripts for theatre, film/TV, radio drama, comedy, or text for performance art/poetry/installations, and for digital platforms. The programme aims to facilitate experimental creative writing practices, while developing students’ ability to think conceptually about performance theories, histories, traditions and forms. Students could include those currently working, or wishing to work, in the creative industries. This might include teachers, publishers, dramaturgs, literary managers, journalists and broadcasters. The programme’s administration and teaching are undertaken by the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) and its academic standards are monitored and assured by a subcommittee of the Degree Committee of the Faculty of English.

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From the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic

The ASNC PhD is a research degree, examined, usually after three years of research, by a thesis of up to 80,000 words. The Department can offer doctoral supervision on topics in a variety of early medieval languages and literatures, in the history of a comparable range of geographical areas, as well as in palaeography.

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From the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic

This unique programme allows students to achieve an understanding of early Insular culture as a whole, while also specialising in aspects of particular interest. Although 50 per cent of the overall assessment is an independently researched dissertation, formal teaching is offered in the form of weekly text seminars.

Students also follow two undergraduate courses of their choice, in order to acquire or enhance disciplines appropriate to their individual research subject (eg history, palaeography, languages, philology, textual criticism). In addition, there will be regular meetings with the MPhil supervisor allocated to each student.

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Professor Nicolette Zeeman
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  • 3 Postdoctoral Researchers
  • 200 Graduate Students
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