Thursday 31 January 2013


AHRC Professional Preparation Masters Award in English Language & Literature
We have one Masters studentship for an October 2013 start.
Eligible course:
AHRC Studentships are available only to UK and EU students.
To be eligible for a full studentship award (fees plus maintenance stipend) a student must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the course. British citizenship or holding a British passport in itself does not satisfy the residential eligibility requirement. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must satisfy the UK residency requirement.
EU Nationals who do not meet the residency requirement are eligible for a fees-only award, provided that they have been ordinarily resident in the EU for at least three years prior to the start of their proposed course.
Full information on AHRC eligibility criteria can be found here.
If you are unsure about eligibility please contact us prior to submitting your application.
How to apply
To apply for an AHRC Masters award you must complete the following:
·       The University online postgraduate admissions application form for your chosen MA course (please see list of eligible courses above). Your transcripts and references will be included in this.
·       A case for support of no more than 500 words.
·       A 15 page portfolio of your creative written work (either a sinlge complete piece or a number of extracts).
You must submit your online application by 5pm on 8 March 2013.
Your must submit your AHRC case for support and portfolio of your creative written work by email to Deborah Woodman, College of Arts & Social Sciences by 5pm on 8 March 2013.
Further guidance for completion of the outline research proposal
This is a key document in assessing your application. In preparing this statement you should consider the following (you may wish to use these as subheadings):
Professional Preparation scheme
1. How will taking this course contribute to your career aims?
·       State briefly why you wish to pursue this course
·       How will the course support your future career aims?
2. Brief description of the course of study
·       How does the course relate to practice in your chosen field and how will it be of benefit to you in developing your career? This will enable you to convey your interest in the course of study
·       Major project/dissertation: give a brief description of the area in which you anticipate doing your major project/dissertation.
3. Preparation and previous experience
·       Give an indication of any previous professional experience in your field of study (including relevant paid and voluntary work)
·       Give an indication of the training and preparation you have already undertaken that is relevant to your proposed study, how this training has prepared you for the course and your future career, and what further training you will require
You should provide two references as part of your online application. These should be from individuals who are in a position to assess your suitability for postgraduate study and the appropriateness of the course to your career/research goals. As competition for these awards is so fierce, you are strongly advised to ask your referees to consider the guidance notes for referees provided.
The selection process
All applications will be assessed by a panel of senior academics from within the subject area and shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview in early April 2013.
8 March 2013 (5.00pm) - Deadline for Applications
March 2013  - Short-listing
April 2013  - Interviews for Short-listed Applicants
April/May 2013  - Applicants informed of outcomes and nominations forwarded to AHRC
The final offer of an AHRC Studentship is subject to confirmation by AHRC.
For informal subject enquiries please contact Dr Scott Thurston.
Please direct all other enquiries to the College of Arts & Social Sciences.
Deborah Woodman
Tel. 0161 295 5876

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