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Unit information: Mastering English Literature Short Course in 2021/22

Unit name Mastering English Literature Short Course
Unit code HUMS10009
Credit points 0
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Tom Sperlinger
Open unit status Not open

None, though students would normally be required to have a first degree or equivalent prior to admission to the unit.



School/department School of Humanities
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This course aims to help students with a first degree in another discipline (or those who have an English BA but want to refresh their skills) to progress to an MA in English Literature. There will be opportunities for students to read a wide range of texts, to improve their study skills, and to gain a taste of Bristol’s expertise in Shakespeare, Romanticism, and modern and contemporary poetry. Students will also be offered support in considering the options for further study that are available. The unit will aim to help students to produce written work within the course, of a standard appropriate to be submitted as a writing sample with an application to join a relevant MA course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will have had an opportunity (i) to develop a range of skills relevant to the postgraduate study of literature, with an emphasis on research skills as well as theoretical and methodological issues, and (ii) to write an assignment that might be used to support an application to a relevant MA programme.

Teaching Information


Assessment Information

Students will be required to complete two formative assignments of 2,000 words each (i) and a summative assignment of 3,000 words on an author/topic in which they have developed a more specialised interest (i, ii).


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.