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Postgraduate Life in Practice - ENG00016M

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  • Department: English and Related Literature
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Adam Kelly
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module summary

Postgraduate Life in Practice is the English Department’s training module for MA students. It is designed to aid progression through the MA programme by teaching students the skills they need when they need them, and by asking students to submit assessed work that develops those skills. In the Autumn term the module is primarily focused on MA-level research, with lectures and workshops on writing and research skills. In the Spring term the focus switches to dissertation preparation and to careers beyond the MA. In the Summer term students receive training in presenting and publishing their work. Assessment tasks for the module focus on writing, reflection and presentation. Students receive feedback on these tasks but do not receive an overall mark for the module, thus preserving it as a space for experimentation within the programme.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18 to Spring Term 2017-18

Module aims

The module aims to aid your progression through your MA programme by teaching you core skills in research, writing, reflection, presentation, publishing, and career development.

Module learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module you should:

  • Be familiar with the specific challenges and possibilities of writing at MA level
  • Have developed MA-level research skills, including digital skills
  • Have developed skills in critical reflection and oral presentation
  • Be familiar with possible career paths beyond the MA
  • Be ready to undertake a substantial dissertation project in your field


Task Length % of module mark
500 Word Dissertation Proposal
N/A 50
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
10 Minute Presentation
N/A 50

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

The two pass/fail assessment tasks for this module consist of:

- A 2,000-word procedural essay, due on Wednesday Week 6, Autumn term. It will be read by the student's supervisor, with feedback offered to the student by the beginning of Week 9.

- A 500-word dissertation proposal, due on Wednesday Week 6, Spring term. It will be read by the MA convenor, with the dissertation supervisor allocated on this basis.


Task Length % of module mark
1500 Word Essay
N/A 50
500 Word Dissertation Proposal
N/A 50

Module feedback

Feedback on the 2,000-word procedural essay is received from the student's supervisor by the Monday of Week 9, Autumn term.

A week before the dissertation proposal deadline, students receive feedback from their programme leader and other students on the programme at a specially convened “draft swap” workshop. Feedback on the final proposal is then offered by the student’s dissertation supervisor as part of the Summer term supervision process.

Indicative reading

N/A - this is primarily a skills-based module.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.