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Hi everyone! This thread is a continuation of last year's and is for anyone applying for a postgraduate English Literature course this year. There seem to be a few of us hanging around for decisions currently so it may be good to get a thread going!

To get underway, let us know what course(s) you're applying for and what book you're reading at the moment!
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Hi guys! I’m going for the MPhil in Medieval and Renaissance Literature - anyone else applied/ applying for this? I’m currently reading A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters )
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Hi there! Applied for a PhD in English, focus on modern postcolonial lit for me. Currently reading a LOT of trash novels while writing my master’s dissertation. Wishing everyone the best of luck!
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Hi all,

I'm applying for the MPhil English Studies: Modern and Contemporary Literature; has anybody else applying/applied to this programme?

I'm reading Jane Eyre (albeit re-reading it for my dissertation) and Hanif Kureishi's The Buddha of Suburbia at the moment.

What are the topics of everybody's research proposals btw?
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(Original post by henry1999)
Hi all,

I'm applying for the MPhil English Studies: Modern and Contemporary Literature; has anybody else applying/applied to this programme?

I'm reading Jane Eyre (albeit re-reading it for my dissertation) and Hanif Kureishi's The Buddha of Suburbia at the moment.

What are the topics of everybody's research proposals btw?
Oh nice, I’ve had Kureishi somewhere in my to-be-read pile for a while!

I’d like to keep my PhD proposal close to my chest for privacy purposes, but it’s focused on diasporic Anglophone literatures

Have you applied yet/made progress on your application?
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Hi all!
I've just completed my MLitt and am now applying for PhDs in English Literature!
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(Original post by bookworm0604)
Hi guys! I’m going for the MPhil in Medieval and Renaissance Literature - anyone else applied/ applying for this? I’m currently reading A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters )
I think I may have replied to you on the main Cambridge Post-grad page, but I am too!
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Hello everyone,

I am applying for an Mphil in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, and I just finished reading E.M. Forster's A Passage to India
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Hi guys, looking at contemporary literature based PhD and doing an MA at Durham
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I've applied to Durham and Bristol, as well as Cambridge (more of a free hit situation for Cam because I only just about make minimum requirements and don't think my other achievements are all that relevant to a PhD)
I applied last year to Durham and Cambridge but didn't get in. But it was more to do with my proposal as far as I understood, since reworked it, seem to have got some positive feedback from potential supervisors.
Fingers crossed
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Greetings! I'm also trying for an MPhil in Renaissance lit. Currently working through My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk. Glad to find a group devoted to collective agonizing :lolwut:
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(Original post by henry1999)
Hi all,

I'm applying for the MPhil English Studies: Modern and Contemporary Literature; has anybody else applying/applied to this programme?

I'm reading Jane Eyre (albeit re-reading it for my dissertation) and Hanif Kureishi's The Buddha of Suburbia at the moment.

What are the topics of everybody's research proposals btw?
Mine has to do with Romanticism, Wordsworth in particular. Though as I said below I'm applying for a PhD, so it's quite specific
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Hi,

I applied for MPhil criticism and culture way back in September. I emailed the dept last week, and they told me to expect a decision around mid-Feb.

I don’t think I’ll get an offer though, as my undergrad is in Theology and I didn’t even take any English modules. I think the course is too competitive for them to take a switching student.
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hey, might have seen a few of you on the other thread. did my MPhil in American Lit at Cambridge last year (well, part of the year, thanks rona). Got accepted for phd, but no funding last time round, so reapplying this year again.

*edit. spelling, ironically...
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MPhil in American Lit applicant here

Applied 2x before ... first time got accepted (but no funding), second time rejected (though kind of glad seeing how this academic year panned out).

Hoping third time's a charm!

What did you do your research proposals on? Mine covered Bill Bryson.
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(Original post by dmorgendorffer)
Fingers crossed for you! Current Mph student here - I don't think they necessarily look for people who specialise in English, btw. In fact, your undergrad may be an advantage as you can contribute a different perspective. That's considered interesting in these parts
I hope so — fingers crossed.

But even if I do get in, I need substantial funding which is rare at a Master’s level

As you can see, I’m not getting my hopes up
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(Original post by dukey2323)
Hi,

I applied for MPhil criticism and culture way back in September. I emailed the dept last week, and they told me to expect a decision around mid-Feb.

I don’t think I’ll get an offer though, as my undergrad is in Theology and I didn’t even take any English modules. I think the course is too competitive for them to take a switching student.
Best of luck. I appreciate this is a bit late, but the most important thing is a) your application is accessible to someone who has no idea about the topic you're studying and b) why it need to be this course/uni. I say this as someone whose research straddles English, Critical Theory, and philosophies of digital technology to name a few and have been told in the past that my research sounds really interesting but they're not sure how it will fit in with a particular school. Often, while most universities claim to value interdisciplinary research, they tend to be a bit suspicious of it unless they can immediately see why it fits in with their discipline and its methodologies. As long as your research obviously fits in with the department, I wouldn't worry about your undergrad.
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Best of luck. I appreciate this is a bit late, but the most important thing is a) your application is accessible to someone who has no idea about the topic you're studying and b) why it need to be this course/uni. I say this as someone whose research straddles English, Critical Theory, and philosophies of digital technology to name a few and have been told in the past that my research sounds really interesting but they're not sure how it will fit in with a particular school. Often, while most universities claim to value interdisciplinary research, they tend to be a bit suspicious of it unless they can immediately see why it fits in with their discipline and its methodologies. As long as your research obviously fits in with the department, I wouldn't worry about your undergrad.
Thanks for this.

I did try to cover this in my application— my proposed dissertation/thesis would primarily be focused on a Lacanian approach to literature, criticism and modern culture, so I made my understanding of Lacan clear, and submitted a theological essay on Lacan as my supporting document to try and demonstrate my work. Hopefully that will be enough to give me a fighting chance of an offer.
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Thanks for this.

I did try to cover this in my application— my proposed dissertation/thesis would primarily be focused on a Lacanian approach to literature, criticism and modern culture, so I made my understanding of Lacan clear, and submitted a theological essay on Lacan as my supporting document to try and demonstrate my work. Hopefully that will be enough to give me a fighting chance of an offer.
While I don't know how big Lacan is at Cambridge, if there are appropriate supervisors available I suspect you won't be discounted on the basis of not fitting in with the department.
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Is it true that there is a department meeting on Friday that decides/finalises most of the application responses?
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