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Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Arts & Humanities taught postgraduate courses

Taught Postgraduate Degrees


Taught postgraduate degrees in the Arts & Humanities Faculty are generally one-year Masters programmes combining taught and research elements (amounting to 180 credits) in the following structure:

            —  a core module (30 credits) in Research Methods (compulsory in all departments)
            —  a core module (30 credits) in “Issues” (required by some programmes)
            —  a number of optional modules (usually taught in seminars and assessed by essays)
            —  a dissertation (normally worth 60, 90, or 120 credits) involving independent research supported by supervisory sessions

University regulations permit MA students to take at least one module in a different department.  The interdisciplinary MAs hosted by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, MA in Seventeenth-Century Studies, MA in Culture and Difference) offer exceptional flexibility as students are able to choose modules from a wide range of MA programmes within the Faculty as a whole.

Two departments (Philosophy and Theology & Religion) also offer Graduate Diplomas for applicants who hold an undergraduate degree in another discipline, but wish to acquire a knowledge of a new discipline at a level which would permit them to undertake further study in the subject (e.g. at Masters level).

Taught courses normally begin at, or shortly before, the beginning of Michaelmas Term in September or October of each year. 


Available taught postgraduate courses within the faculty (listed by department)

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