School of English and Drama

Flexible Teaching

We offer flexible teaching to ensure our programmes are accessible to people from a wide range of lifestyles.

Study Hours

Assessed modules are typically taught in weekly two-hour seminars, with occasional field trips to libraries and archives in London. Research-training modules typically blend two-hour seminar sessions at Mile End with trips to archives, galleries, and libraries in London which may take up to 3-4 hours. The dissertation is supervised through sessions with a specially designated supervisor, and you will discuss together where and when to hold supervisions.

In addition to the timetabled sessions, you will be asked to attend meetings with your advisor and module tutors. You will also be encouraged to attend the many research seminars held at Queen Mary and throughout London.

You will also need to undertake many hours of independent learning and research in order to progress at the required level. When coursework deadlines are approaching, independent learning hours may need to increase significantly.

Teaching Timetables

Teaching timetables are likely to be finalised in September, although the MA Module Directory - released in May - will give you a complete provisional timetable.

Full-Time Students

All full-time students take four assessed modules (two in each semester) and either one or two non-assessed research training modules (depending on your pathway). You will then proceed to the 15,000 word dissertation, the deadline for which typically falls in August.

Part-Time Students

All part-time students take four assessed modules in total (two in their first year, two in their second year) and either one or two non-assessed research training modules (depending on your pathway). You will begin work on on your dissertation towards the end of your first year, and will submit it in August of your second year.