This course has been designed to let you explore, and then specialise in the subjects that interest you. Pathways for this course are available in American Literature, Early Modern (Renaissance), Film and Literary-Linguistics. In American Literature Pathway, you will develop your knowledge across a range of fields including urban studies, gender studies, race studies, travel writing, postcolonial writing, autobiographical and epistolary studies. You'll cover contemporary and recent American fiction and the way 'real history' appears in the texts. You are also able to take modules in American history offered by the History Department. In Early Modern (Renaissance) pathway, you’ll examine early modern texts, language and culture. Staff expertise includes palaeography, language, rhetoric, and issues of sexual, sectarian and national identity between 1400 and 1700.
A range including: the country house and the English literary imagination; postmodernism to neo-conservatism in American culture; literature and ethics; memory and narrative in contemporary literature; 'Tales of the City': the living space in contemporary American fiction; contemporary British poetry; the rise of the gothic; analysis of film.
At least a 2.1 or the international equivalent in English, or a combined degree including a substantial element of English. For the literary-linguistics pathway, you need a 2.1 in English literature, language or linguistics or a related subject such as history, philosophy or modern languages. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.
Postgraduate Qualification (MA)
University of Sheffield
A very intense course where a background in chemical engineering, A-level mathematics, physics and chemistry would be helpful. Anyone not from this background may find the course very challenging. The best modules are introduction to fuel and energy and liquid effluents. The lecturers from these modules are excellent, want their students to succeed and provide the right support to students. The remaining modules are a mixed bag, some are just okay and some are very poor. Not what you would expect from a high ranking University. Gaseous emissions and low carbon energy science and technology modules provide very comprehensive lectures. The lecturers from these modules are uninterested and disengaged from their students. This makes it difficult when asking for guidance. When you ask for guidance students are not responded too or provided with a unproductive responsive. Overall the course teaches you key aspects in environmental and energy engineering from a chemical and biological engineering perspective. The students are the customers of the University and sometimes the attitude of a select few staff in the department forget this. The modules are broken down in to exams and coursework - some are 100% coursework but the majority are 33% coursework and 67% exam. Exams - January and May/June. The research project is also a large portion of the degree. The students select three different themes and are usually given their first choice. Again the supervisor you have may be excellent or below average. The course will require 100% commitment from prospective students due to the intensity of the workload. It is a 12 month course which requires work after the exams throughout the summer months until the end of August. Overall 3/5 Teaching standards 3/5 Course content 3/5 University facilities 4/5 Student support 1/5 Lecturer communication (emails 1/5, face to face 3/5)
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