Postgraduate taught 

English Literature: American Modern Literature MLitt

Research Training Course ENGLIT5101

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course offers students Masters-level academic and professional training to students taking Masters programmes in the School of Critical Studies. In it, students develop their skills in research, oral and written communication, and professional academic practice.


10 x weekly two hour seminars as schedule on MyCampus

Excluded Courses



A 2,500-word portfolio of a set of reflective pieces on students' research training development is completed by the end of the course. These are peer assessed, and graded at pass/fail.

A final 2,500-word reflective essay, or equivalent formal written assessment, or oral presentation of 15-20 minutes, set by the relevant Masters programme conveners, focusing on subject-specific research skills. The grade for this part of the assessment form the grade for the course.

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ introduce students to research techniques relevant to Masters level programmes in the School of Critical Studies;

■ facilitate the acquisition of relevant employability-related skills;

■ provide a forum for the critical discussion of key issues related to the development of professional academic skills including: research planning and management; project funding; ethics; conference presentation and networking; writing for publication; and public engagement and the use of social media.

■ enable students to effectively assess their research skills progress within their Masters course.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ plan their research effectively;

■ present their ideas effectively to a professional cohort engaged in advanced research in subjects in the School of Critical Studies;

■ actively participate in workshops designed for their academic and professional development;

■ critically reflect on the development of their skills from the perspectives of research preparation, employability and personal development.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.