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Holly Royle, PhD Student

Why did you choose to study MA Nineteenth Century Literature and Culture with us?

I completed my undergraduate degree, my BA in English Language and Literature, at the University of Chester. My experience with the English department at Chester has been fantastic. I chose to continue at Chester as I felt confident with the teaching standards and support available from the lecturers and staff in this department. There are also a number of lecturers who specialise in the areas which my postgraduate studies focus on.

I chose to further my studies as I enjoy learning, and I wanted to specialise in specific areas that are of great interest to me. The passion of the teaching staff and the wonderful community with my fellow students helped me to make the decision to continue. I also chose to further my education to potentially open more career opportunities in the future. Working, to some extent, in the academic world is something I am considering after (hopefully) completing my PhD.

How did you enjoy your Master's degree?

The Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture MA was a fascinating course. I particularly enjoyed the fact that the content was not purely literature focused, exploring historical events and technological advancements such as photography, was incredibly interesting. This information helped me to gain a deeper understanding of the literature studied by providing context for the authors and the works themselves. Through my MA all of the lecturers involved in the course were very supportive, not only in their specific fields, but also generally supporting myself and my fellow course mates through the challenges of the degree.

What support have you had to help you reach your career goals?

The Careers and Employability department have been a huge help. I undertook the Venture Programme while studying for my MA and I found it to be incredibly valuable with helpful seminars, and the Pitch event at which I successfully won prizes to assist the launching of my business.

What are you doing now?

I am currently studying for a PhD crossing the disciplines of Gender Studies and Popular Music. My doctoral research is focusing on masculinity and heavy metal music.


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