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Staff profile: Dr Edward Howells

Dean of Postgraduate Studies

"As Dean of Postgraduate Studies, I oversee the MA degrees in the College. Studying at MA level enables you to pursue a topic in detail, with the help of specialists devoted to the subject. Not only will you receive specialist teaching, but you will be in the company of other students who share your interest. MA teaching is normally in small classes of about 10-20 students, enabling discussion and small group work, as well as lectures. One-to-one supervision and tutorials are also provided on final essays and the dissertation.

Some students come directly from undergraduate programmes, while for others it may be some years since their last period of formal study. Time is given at the start of each MA programme to renew the skills of academic study and writing, and extra support is offered for those who need it. For part-time students, the College has considerable experience in helping with the challenges of pursuing an MA while busy with commitments outside of the College, so that degrees are completed successfully.

Many students bring a wealth of experience from their professional and personal lives which enriches and motivates their study. It also contributes to making the College a diverse and dynamic academic community. We are committed to enabling you to pursue MA study successfully and to your greatest ability."