The 411: My Journey to Nottingham

In my last post, I gave some tips to starting your search for a postgraduate degree program in England.  For some, even starting a list may seem daunting, so I have a pre-application treat for you!  I am posting my very own process! Use it, abuse it, do whatever you wish.  My wish is that seeing the finished product will help get you started!  So here it is, in all its glory:

Step 1: Potential Choices

Roehampton
Cambridge
UEA
Essex
King’s College London
University College London
Queen Mary, University of London
Oxford
Southhampton
Kent
Sussex
Reading
Royal Holloway, University of London
Nottingham
Leicester

Step 2: Decide What is Important to You

Location: East Midlands, East England, London, South East
Student:Staff Ratio: smaller classroom setting
Program: Stylistics, Literature (preferably 19th century)
Green Campus: Yes
Atmosphere: Strong sense of community, Slightly artsy

Step 3: Eliminate Through Preliminary Research

Essex:
Ranking: 39
Admissions Requirement: 2i or higher
Cost: £13,000
Funding: Yes
Crime: Low/Med
M-F: 50:50
Green: Average

King’s College London
Ranking: 19
Admissions Requirement: 2i or higher
Cost: £16,000
Funding: Yes
Crime: Average
M-F: 40:60
Green: Average

Oxford
Ranking: 2
Admissions Requirement: 2i or higher
Cost: £16,000
Funding: Limited
Crime: Very Low
M-F: 55:45
Green: Low/Med

  • Early Modern Studies
  • Medieval Literature
  • Eighteenth-century Literature
  • Colonial and Postcolonial Literature
  • American Literature
  • English Language and Linguistics
  • Romanticism
  • Nineteenth Century and the Fin de Siècle
  • Critical Theory
  • Gender Studies
  • Film Studies

Kent
Ranking: 28
Admissions Requirement: 2ii or higher
Cost: £12,000
Funding: Yes
Crime: Very Low
M-F: 48:52
Green: Average

  • Creative Writing
  • Dickens and Victorian Culture
  • Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • English and American Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • The Contemporary

Sussex
Ranking: 31
Admissions Requirement: 2ii or higher
Cost: £13,000
Funding: Yes
Crime: Very Low
M-F: 45:55
Green: Average

Royal Holloway, University of London
Ranking: 30
Admissions Requirement: 2i or higher
Cost: £12,500
Funding: Limited
Crime: Very Low
M-F: 44:56
Green: Low/Med

Nottingham
Ranking: 24
Admissions Requirement: 2i or higher
Cost: £13,000
Funding: Yes
Crime: Very Low
M-F: 49:51
Green: Average

Leicester
Ranking: 16
Admissions Requirement: 2i or higher
Cost: £12,000
Funding: Yes
Crime: Very Low
M-F: 49:51
Green: Low/Med

Step 4: Pick Top 5

Royal Holloway
Cambridge
Leicester
Nottingham
Kent

+1 Safety: Essex

Step 5: Have Non-UK Backups

University of Toronto:
Ranking: 1
Admissions Requirement: 3.3 GPA or higher
Cost: $18,000
Funding: Yes
Crime: Average
M:F: 44:56
Green: Average

  • General English Literature MA — Select course of study

UBC:
Ranking: 3
Admissions Requirement: 3.3 GPA or higher
Cost: $8,000
Funding: Yes
Crime: Low
M:F: 46:54
Green: Very high

  • General English Literature MA — Select course of study

Step 6: Apply and Cross Your Fingers

Step 7: Apply for Every Scholarship You Possibly Can

– Marshall Scholarship – Full 1 year (due Oct 1st)

– Butex Scholarship – £500 (available to apply end of Sept)

– Erasmus???

– Fulbright Grant – Full 1 year (due Oct 1st)

– Rhodes scholarship – Full 1 year (due Oct 1st)

So there you have it! My journey led me to Nottingham, and once my MA was completed, onwards to UEA.  Was the process long?  Yes. It was also more than worth the time and effort I put into the decision.  Nottingham, as a top 1% world university, has given me many opportunities, and I got to work with one of the leaders of my field (literary linguistics).  I can only hope you are all as lucky as I have been!

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