Your postgraduate study at Essex gives you an opportunity to develop your own ideas and interests, and to engage with thinking at the leading edge of your subject, as part of the research community in our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, and our wider academic and professional community.
As you are studying a non-science subject, then your teaching mainly takes the form of lectures and classes.
Your assessment is a combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams. During the summer, you will work on a dissertation or individual project included in your final grade.
Teaching methods and styles
Within our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, all our MAs can be taken either full-time for one year or part-time over two years. Five modules are followed, over the autumn and spring terms, and generally consist of ten two-hour seminars, the format of which may include introductions by your tutor, presentations by you and discussion based on a programme of reading.
If you are studying within our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, then you produce a dissertation (of approximately 20,000 words) written between April and September. Where appropriate, films, plays or pieces of creative writing can be submitted as your dissertation.
There is normally considerable freedom for you to choose the topics of your essays and dissertation. You will be issued with our MA guide giving detailed advice on writing at MA level and your written work will be supervised by appropriate specialist staff.
Please note that if you are taking a Graduate or Postgraduate Diploma, you do not need to do the dissertation.
Seminars and conferences
Within our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, our regular staff-graduate seminar provides a forum, both intellectual and social, at which our students may give papers about their work in progress. Visiting scholars are invited to speak about their research and interdisciplinary seminars are also offered by other departments in our School of Humanities and Comparative Studies.