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Question re MA in English Literature -
I have a BA in Communications and am looking to apply to King's MA in Contemporary Literature, Theory and Culture.
While I am fluent in English, I am not from the UK and have a few questions re the application essay - 4,000 words related to the field of study.
Can anyone advise whether this essay is meant to be classically academic in form, meaning - thesis-type research question, reference to academic sources, bibliography etc.? Or is it more "free form", as in - mainly meant to display my English writing skills?
ANY information, advice and/or examples would be so incredibly helpful!
Many thanks in advance!
MA Literature - Question re Application Essay Watch
- Thread Starter
- 23-01-2016 10:13
- 23-01-2016 22:33
The application essay is meant to show that you have the capacity to succeed on the course. So, yes, it should display a skill for writing in engaging English, but that isn't the only important thing. For a course in literature and culture, you will also need to display a flair for analysing literary works, knowledge of the chosen topic, an ability to engage critically with the written word. Personally I would say that things like sources and bibliography are not particularly relevant (except to show that you know how to use them properly, I suppose), it's more the content of your essay that matters.
Most UK students who have studied a relavent subject for their first degree would submit an example of written work from their studies, so that should give you some idea of what kind of work should be submitted.
- 23-01-2016 22:34
I can't personally help with this question unfortunately but have you tried posting in the international postgraduate section?
Best of luck