Search results - MSt in Literature and Arts
|Type||Oxford Qualification - Part-time|
|Start date||Oct 2013|
History of Art
|Fees||Fees for 2013-2014 are the annual University composition fee for part-time degrees, in this case £4,225 (EU students) and £7,380 (non-EU students) and the annual college fee. College fees vary, but the Kellogg College fee will be approximately £1,300. Please note that fees are likely to rise each year, at least in line with inflation. This fee does not include the costs of accommodation for the residences.|
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|Application status||See course details|
|Application deadline||Fri 08 March 2013|
|Course contact||If you have any questions about this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.|
This two-year part-time Masters Degree in Literature and Arts course offers the opportunity to study the literature and arts of three different periods of English history (ranging from the c16th to the c19th) in an interdisciplinary manner over four five day residences and two online modules. The course offers full access to the library and electronic resources of the university, a team of expert tutors, and a high level of personal and academic support.
VIDES volume of interdisciplinary essays
You will find attached to this website the first volume of the
course’s own online journal called Vides. In the
second year, as part of the preparation for the dissertation,
each student writes a short essay around two documents or
artefacts which they have chosen which comment on a particular
topic but from contrasting viewpoints. The student group is
divided up into a number of small committees responsible for
peer reviewing and editing the journal, deciding on its
house-style and designing it. This year we have essays which
reflect on primary sources as diverse as opium pipes,
banqueting halls, George Bernard Shaw on Wagner,
eighteenth-century grottoes, chartist banners and
Shakespeare’s ‘Venus and Adonis’.
To navigate around the journal, read through the introduction
to identify the essays which interest you, click on
‘navigation panels’ on the top tool bar and then on
‘bookmarks’. A list of the essays will appear on
the left side of the screen where you can click on which one
you wish to read.
We hope you enjoy the read!
There will be an open afternoon at Kellogg College on Thursday 17 January 2013 at 2.00pm when you will be able to meet the director, administrator and members of the tutor team, and hear more about the course. There will also be an opportunity to look at the college and to walk over to see the facilities at Rewley House. If you would like to come please email email@example.com.
For those unable to attend open events in Oxford, a virtual open event, held on Wednesday, 23 February 2011, was recorded and can be accessed online at this address: www.conted.ox.ac.uk/mlaopenday. Additionally, a transcript of questions asked by the participants of this open day are now available in pdf format: MLA Frequently Asked Questions (pdf).
The closing dates for applications are 18 January and 8
This literature and arts course brings together the creative, intellectual and manufactured output of people in the past. It has a twofold aim – to explore the past through the lens of human creativity, and to inform our understanding of that creativity by studying the context within which it emerged. It is therefore an interdisciplinary programme which encompasses literature, art and architectural history, history, philosophy and theology. Based in Oxford, and taking full advantage of the remarkable human and cultural resources which this university has at its disposal, the literature and arts course is designed around three sequential periods of British history, from Early Modern to the early twentieth century. By studying each period through a range of disciplines, students will acquire a broad and multi-faceted picture of the past. In this framework giant achievements such as Milton’s poetry or Wren’s architecture can be understood not only as products of their times but also in so far as they stand as uniquely inspired statements, or as harbingers of future developments.
Interdisciplinary study raises challenges for a student in terms of methodologies. How do I analyse and interpret a picture when I have only ever worked with text? A poem when I have only worked with documentary sources? A building when I have only ever studied abstract ideas? How do I make viable connections between these different areas of study? An online element offered towards the beginning of the course will provide the opportunity to discover, practise and develop these skills, and to engage with current theoretical discourses concerning the way scholars relate with their source material. Similarly a more advanced on-line component in the second year will focus on interdisciplinary research skills, including trying out those skills by contributing to a small volume of papers on a subject related to the chosen dissertation topic.
Whilst focusing on British history and culture, the course will begin with an introductory unit which sets Britain in a world context and explores her cultural relationship with the rest of the world since the sixteenth century. Using the layout of the Ashmolean museum’s international collections with its emphasis on global interaction, this unit will principally be concerned with the formation of British culture through the stimuli of influences beyond Europe, from Chinese porcelain to American jazz.
The literature and arts course aims to enable students to specialise in certain disciplines and ultimately in a particular historical period, whilst structuring their learning within a strong contextual and critical framework. It aims to enable students to make the most of the university’s resources (e.g. its libraries, computer facilities, museums and historic monuments), to provide a high quality of academic and pastoral support, and to maximise the potential for learning within a peer group. It sets out to encourage a richly democratic view of cultural history in which all men’s and women’s lives play their part.
Structure of the Literature and Arts CourseYear One
Two core courses in year one will introduce students to post-graduate research skills and methodologies and use a series of case studies to explore some of the challenges inherent in the practice of interdisciplinary study.
Students will also take two options during year one, which will allow them to begin to specialise either by period or theme.Year Two
A third option at the start of year two will enable students to gain wide-ranging insight into their chosen area of study before deciding on their dissertation topic. A final core course in cultural theory will prepare the student for the writing of the dissertation. The dissertation occupies the final two terms of year two.
Core courses will be both residential and delivered through an online distance learning module.
Residences: students will attend tutorials, seminars and lectures during five-day residences in October, February and late June in year one and in October of year two, plus an initial residential induction weekend, prior to the first core course. Residences will account for eighty face to face teaching hours over the two years (structured around intensive discussion in seminars), while, in addition, the distance-learning modules will be characterised by high levels of lecturer/student interaction
Distance-learning: these modules are fully supported by a dedicated Virtual Learning Environment. Students will engage in on-line group discussions with their lecturers and other members of the course using the course website and e-mail. Students will also have access to the electronic on-line resources of Oxford University's Library Services, including the Bodleian Library, and all other University libraries, including the English Faculty Library, the History Faculty Library, the Philosophy Faculty Library and the Theology Faculty Library. These modules are designed such that students need not have a sophisticated understanding of IT; materials may be provided in a variety of ways to suit the student's preference and situation.
In keeping with the Oxford ethos of tutorial instruction, individual tutorials and supervisions will be an integral part of the programme, most notably with regard to the dissertation. Individual supervision will be undertaken both face-to-face and by e-mail.
Each of the options residences is structured in the same way, beginning with an historical introduction to the period and ending with a plenary discussing where connections can be made between the subjects studied through the week. The options are taught in the intervening mornings and afternoons and represent a range of disciplines, specifically Literature, History, Visual Culture and Philosophy/Theology. Each student chooses two options out of four offered. The following list indicates the subjects which were available in 2012, there may be some changes for 2013.Late Medieval and Early Modern
Shakespeare in History - Dr Lynn Robson
In their own words and images: the English nobility and gentry c. 1580-1680 –
Dr Christine Jackson
The Role of wit, conceit and curious devices in Tudor and Jacobean art and architecture - Dr Cathy Oakes
Bacon, Hobbes and More – Dr Giovanni de Grandis
The ‘Long Eighteenth Century’
The Rise of the English Novel – Dr Sandie Byrne
British Collectors and Classical Antiquities – Dr Stephen Kershaw
The British Empiricists: Locke, Hume and Berkeley – Giovanni de Grandis
The Rise of Evangelicalism in England – Dr Mark Smith
The ‘Long Nineteenth Century’
The Victorian Novel - Dr David Grylls
Dante Gabriel Rossetti – Professor Barrie Bullen
The Oxford Movement – Dr Kate Tiller
Victorian Political Culture – Dr Angus Hawkins
A dissertation of 10,000-11,000 words will be the focus of the final two terms of the second year.
While studying for their final option, students will meet with their dissertation supervisor, receive reading lists and establish a timetable of work for their dissertation. Students will have received general guidance with regard to the choice of a suitable dissertation topic from the Course Director. The final core course, delivered in Hilary term of the second year, is envisaged both as a graduate-level survey of relevant cultural theory, which will provide the necessary intellectual contexts for the students' chosen dissertation topics, and as an opportunity to fine-tune the students' research and writing skills in preparation for the dissertation.
The dissertation is intended to demonstrate the student's knowledge and awareness of more than one subject discipline in this final piece of assessment.
Michaelmas 2013 (October)
Induction and Matriculation 18 and 19 October
Module 1: 5 days residential 20 to 24 October
Core course number 1
Michaelmas 2013/Hilary 2014
Module 2: Online unit 1
Core course number 2
Module 3: 5 days residential 15 - 19 February
Option number 1
Module 4: 5 days residential 1 - 5 July
Option number 2
Module 5: 5 days residential 19 - 23 October
Option number 3
NB: During this residential module, students will make contact with their dissertation supervisor, receive reading lists and establish a timetable of work. Students will receive guidance with regard to the choice of a suitable dissertation topic from the Course Director.
Module 6: distance taught
Core course number 3
Individual consultations on dissertation topic and dissertation writing
Michaelmas, Hilary, Trinity 2014-15
Dissertation: 10,000 - 11,000 word essay
Selection criteriaThere may be specific subject requirements for your course, so do check the selection criteria below. These will be used by the University in assessing your application.
Read full selection criteria
Level and demands
Who should take the course?
The design of the Masters Degree in Literature and Arts is part-time over two years, and as such it is intended for gifted students who, due to their obligations to professional work or caring duties, would otherwise be unable to pursue higher degrees. The MSt in Literature and Arts is taught in the format of regular short residences in Oxford, together with an element of closely-monitored distance-learning.
The course is ideal for the following:
- Graduates in Humanities disciplines who have entered employment, but who wish to maintain their momentum of study progressing to a postgraduate qualification. This group will include teachers, librarians, and archivists, and others involved in humanities-related professions.
- Humanities graduates who would like to study part-time because of other responsibilities (including caring roles).
- Graduates who have reached a stage in life where they wish to pursue a new area of study, either for personal development, or to establish new career paths.
While the Masters Degree in Literature and Arts can be seen as a stand-alone qualification, it will also prepare students for doctoral work.
Apply for this course
AdmissionsApplicants should have an undergraduate degree of good standing in a cognate field of study. The interdisciplinary nature of the programme means that candidates might include those with undergraduate degrees in the fields of: History, History of Art, Cultural Studies, and Literary Studies. Other relevant fields might include: Archaeology, Modern Languages, Social Sciences, Women's Studies and Creative Arts (eg Creative Writing, Fine Art, or Architecture). Applicants with degrees in other fields who can demonstrate a relevant academic grounding acquired through professional experience may be considered.
The University requires online applications. Paper applications are only acceptable in exceptional cases where it is not possible for you to apply online.
The application form is obtained by going to the Application and Admissions procedure section of the online prospectus, at Graduate Admissions Office, www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate_courses/. For a full explanation of application methods, see www.admin.ox.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/forms.
If it is not possible for you to apply online, a paper application form can be requested from the Graduate Admissions Office. Please email the Graduate Admissions Office at: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact:
Oxford OX1 2JD
Tel: 01865 270059
Please note that in order to submit a paper application you must be able to pay the application fee by credit or debit card using our online store. If this is not possible, you may pay by cheque or bankers draft drawn on a UK bank account.
Completing Your Application
You will need to submit the application form and all supporting materials:
1. Three references
If you are a current Master's student or have completed a Master's degree, one of your referees should be your supervisor or course director on the Master's programme. If you do not provide a reference from your Master's supervisor or course director, the department will usually ask you to do so before completing the assessment of your application.
Note: If you anticipate having difficulty providing three referees who have an informed view of your academic ability and suitability for this Programme of Study, please contact the Programme Administrator for advice.
2. Transcripts of previous higher education results
Note: If it would be difficult for you to obtain transcripts of previous higher education because of the length of time since you studied or because you have substantial experience but not a degree, please contact the Programme Administrator before you submit your application.
3. Current CV/ résumé
4. Written work
Candidates will provide two academic writing samples written in English (each of no more than 2000 words in length) for consideration with their initial application.
5. Personal statement
Explaining your reasons for wanting to enrol on the course, what you feel the course would offer you and what you feel you could bring to the course.
6. English proficiency score (if applicable)
Should the application suggest a candidate's potential suitability, the applicant will normally be invited to a formal interview held with the Course Director and another appropriate colleague. This interview may be conducted by telephone via conference call.
Please note that supporting materials cannot be returned. Please also note that no correspondence can be entered into, should your application be unsuccessful.
There are two compulsory online modules, please visit our ITSupport Page to see the minimum specifications recommended for using the Department's VLE.
Application DeadlineYour completed application form and supporting materials should reach the Graduate Admissions Office by the first application deadline of 18 January 2013. If you miss this deadline, your application will be considered in the second batch of applications on 8 March 2013.
Application feeWhether you choose to apply online or by post, there is an application fee of £50. The fee is non-refundable and is payable whether your application is ultimately successful or not. Your application cannot be processed unless your £50 application fee is received with your application.
Fees in 2013-2014 comprise the following: University composition fee: £4,225 (EU); £7,380 (non-EU) and the College fee: College fees vary and are not confirmed for 2013-2014 but the fee is likely to be approximately £1,300 (EU and non-EU). There may be a small fee increase for the second year of the course, 2014-2015.
The level of tuition fees you pay (home-EU or non-EU) depends on your residential category.
If you are a non-European national with indefinite leave to remain in the UK, you may qualify for the home student fee, so long as you (or your spouse or parent) have been resident in the UK for the last three years for purposes other than full-time education.
Please note that UK/EU citizenship is not sufficient to be granted Home status, without also fulfilling the residence requirement. Students who have not been resident in the UK/EU for the last three years may be liable for the non-EU student fee. For a detailed classification of home-EU/non-EU status, please contact the OUDCE Student Adviser on 01865 280355 if you have any queries.
An offer of a place on the course will be conditional upon your demonstrating that you are able to meet the course fees.
For information on student funding, please visit our website: www.conted.ox.ac.uk and follow links to `students’ and `sources of funding’. You will find information on student loans, bursaries and Professional and Career Development Loans as well as details of external sources of funding. For further information on funding, see the Oxford Funding Search www.ox.ac.uk/feesandfunding/search.