Languages @ UCLan
MA by Research

The MA By Research has been created to enable Graduates to continue their study of a particular area of interest for a further year (if studied on a full-time basis) or two years (if studied on a part-time basis) with a view to gaining a postgraduate qualification. At the same time, it can also be considered as a useful preparation year for those seeking to pursue postgraduate study by embarking on the research degrees of MPhil or PhD.

The MA By Research consists of:

•a guided-reading programme, prepared under the supervision of the appropriate member(s) of staff, on the area(s) of the student's choice
•a dissertation of 25,000 words, based on the above programme of reading
•a training course in research methodology and presentation (to include, most notably, bibliographical and word-processing skills)

Research Topics:

Business English and Teaching English for International Business;
Cultural Integration and Identity and cross-cultural business communication;
Contemporary German Women's Writing;
French and Italian Cinema;
French Existentialism in Thought and Literature;
Francophone Literature;
Theory and Practice of Translation;
Interaction in the EFL classroom;
Integrating Personal Development Planning and Study Skills into the Curriculum;
Applied Language Teaching;
Blended Teaching and Learning Methodologies.

Research Seminars:

All our postgraduate students are encouraged to contribute to the Department's series of Research Seminars, where work-in-progress by both internal and external speakers is presented and discussed. Recent topics from this series include the use of internet resources in the humanities; integrating language and culture in the design of EFL material; and intercultural issues in the process of translation.

The Department also organises national and international conferences. Most recently, these have included an international and interdisciplinary conference on the French writer Albert Camus in Paris (in collaboration with Lancaster University and The American University of Paris) and a national conference on Language Teaching Pedagogy.


For more information about research opportunities in the Department of Languages and International Studies, please contact:

Director of Research
Department of Languages and International Studies
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: + 44 (0) 1772 893139
Fax: + 44 (0) 1772 892909

How to apply…

For Application Forms for Higher Degrees, please contact:

The Research Support Office
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE