Students take one core taught module (Writing and Research). In this module, students advance their research skills and they develop a range of higher-level research, reading, and writing strategies. Students learn how to design, revise and carry out a credible dissertation plan. Students choose a further five elective taught modules from a wide range of options in the areas of literature (e.g., Old and Middle English Literature, American Literature, Gothic Literature), literary theory (e.g., narratology), and cultural and social theory, as well as in the cognate areas of film studies, drama, Irish studies, digital humanities and journalism (e.g., textual studies, book history, colonialism, film theory, Irish drama, digital film, Irish modernity). The coursework takes place during term; work on the dissertation spans the second semester for full-time students, or fourth semester for part-time students, and the summer after coursework has been concluded. The dissertation is 15,000 words long and is submitted in early August.