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British Studies

The aim of the Master in British Studies programme is:

  • To give students an in-depth, multidisciplinary knowledge of British studies, to develop the skills and knowledge to be able to conduct freely the legal, economic, business or other relations and communications of the United Kingdom;  
  • To prepare a graduate who will have a deep and thorough knowledge of British literature as well as the legal system of the United Kingdom; Business environment; Economy; Political arrangement and structure; Education system; About history;
  • To give the graduate a thorough knowledge of research methods and to develop research skills.

 

Student after completing a master in British Studies:

  • Critically comprehends the UK legal framework, business environment, economic and political system, history and education system;
  • Evaluates and reviews the best examples of British literature, based on their in-depth and thorough knowledge;
  • Analyzes the current economic and political relations and challenges of the United Kingdom and its role in Europe and the world;
  • Analyzes British literature from economic, social and various theoretical perspectives and draws conclusions that reflect social and ethical responsibilities;
  • Formulates recommendations for solving complex problems related to the British business, economic-political, education system;
  • Argues its own conclusions before the academic and non-academic community, orally and in writing;
  • Conducts multidisciplinary research independently, using the latest approaches, adhering to the principles of academic good faith, and conducts its own teaching in a multidisciplinary learning environment.

 

Semester

 

1

  1. Research Methods (6 ECTS)
  2. Academic English (6 ECTS)
  3. Culture and Society in the UK (6 ECTS)
  4. Economy and Business in the UK (6 ECTS)
  5. Political System in the UK (6 ECTS)

 

Total: 30 ECTS

 

 

2

  1. Literature of the UK up to 1910 (6 ECTS)
  2. Legal System of the UK (6 ECTS)
  3. History of the UK (6 ECTS)

 

Optional (Chooses two)

  1. Introduction to Translation (6 ECTS)
  2. Introduction to Creative Writing (6 ECTS)
  3. Political and Economic Aspects of British Literature (6 ECTS)
  4. Foreign Policy of the UK (6 ECTS)

 

Total: 30 ECTS 

 

 

3

  1. Literature of the UK from 1910 to today (6 ECTS)
  2. Education System of the UK (6 ECTS)
  3. MA Thesis Design/Proposal (6 ECTS)

 

 

Optional (Chooses two)

  1. Translation Practice (6 ECTS)
  2. Creative Writing - Practice (6 ECTS)
  3. Press Club (6 ECTS)
  4. UK in the World of Business (6 ECTS)

 

Total: 30 ECTS

 

 

MA Thesis (30 ECTS)

 

Total: 30 ECTS

Total Credits: 120

Assessment of student achievements includes mid-term and final assessments, the sum of which is the final grade (100 points). The mid-term and final assessments include an assessment component(s) that define(s) ways/means of assessing a student's knowledge and/or ability and/or competencies (oral/written exam, oral/written inquiry, homework, practical/theoretical work, etc.). The evaluation component combines a variety of assessment methods (test, essay, presentation, practical/theoretical assignment, working in a group, participating in a discussion, solving a case, participating in a mock trial, etc.). 


 

Each form and component of the assessment has a specific share of the final grade (100 points), which is reflected in the specific syllabus and communicated to the student at the beginning of the semester. Credit may not be granted using only one form of assessment (mid-term or final assessment). Student credit is given only in case of a positive result. 

 

System of Evaluation has five positive results:

(A) Exceptional - 91-100

(B) Very good - 81-90

(C) Good - 71-80

(D) Satisfactory - 61-70

(E) Sufficient - 51-60

Two negative results:

(FX) Unsuccessful Attempt - 41-50, a student is given a chance to re-take a final assessment;

(F) Failed – 40<, a student must re-take the course.

 

In case a student receives FX in the programme learning component, an additional exam will be assigned at least 5 calendar days after the announcement of the final exam results. The student's marks on the additional exam are not added to the scores on the final assessment. The score received for the additional exam is the final score and is reflected in the result of the curriculum component of the educational programme. If a student receives a final score of 0-50 including the additional exam, the student receives a result of F-0 for this course.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the educational programme, its graduate employment scope is wide and graduates can be employed in both public and non-public sectors that operate in the United Kingdom, as well as in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at embassies, in any sector involving cultural, political, economic or other types of relationship with the United Kingdom.

 

Graduates have the opportunity to continue their PhD studies, which are subject to the prerequisites for admission to the relevant educational programme.

Candidates for the British Studies Master's Program will be admitted according to the results of Unified National Master Examination and The University Examinations:

 

Unified National Master Examination

The candidate must have passed the minimum competency threshold in at least three of the four parts of The General Master Examination test.

 

The University Examination

A person who successfully passes The General Master Examination test applies to the British University to register for the University Examination. The University Examination includes an interview (oral examination) and an English language test.

English Language Test includes listening, reading and writing assignments. Listening and reading assignment is evaluated with 25 points according to the following criteria:

  • Correct answer-1 point
  • Incorrect answer-0 points

 

Writing assignment includes argumentative essay and is evaluated with 10 points according to the following criteria:

See the document

 

In total, the test is evaluated with a maximum of 60 points, of which the minimum threshold is 60% or 36 points.

 

The following four components are evaluated in the interview:

 

  • Subject Knowledge - The candidate answers questions to test subject knowledge on the following issues:
    • UK history and traditions;
    • UK political system;
    • UK culture;
    • UK economy;
    • UK foreign policy.

 

The following literature is recommended for applicants to prepare for the interview:

O’Driscoll, James (2018). Britain for Learners of English; Oxford University Press.

 

  • Based on the given material, the candidate should select an interesting topic for him/her and prepare a 10-minute presentation;
  • Candidate awareness about the program;
  • Language skills.

 

 

The interview is conducted in English and graded with a maximum of 40 points. To successfully pass the interview, the candidate needs at least 20 points.

 

See the criteria

 

It is also possible to obtain student status in the British Studies Master's Degree Program on the basis of mobility, in accordance with the rules established by the Legislation of Georgia;

Enrollment in the master's educational program, or enrollment by transfer from a recognized higher education institution abroad, is carried out within the timeframes and rules prescribed by the Legislation of Georgia.

The right to study in the British Studies Master's program without passing the General Master Examinations is allowed in accordance with the rules and timeframe established by the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia:

 A) For master's degree candidates who have received a document certifying the academic degree of higher education in a foreign country;

B) For foreign nationals (except for students participating in the joint higher education program and students participating in the exchange education program) who have studied / studied and received credits/qualifications in a master's degree of a higher education institution recognized in accordance with the Legislation of that country;

C) for citizens of Georgia (except for students participating in a joint higher education program and students participating in an exchange education program) who have lived in a foreign country for at least 75 days during their studies at a foreign higher education institution and have received credits/qualifications under foreign law accordingly recognized in the master's degree of a higher education institution;

D) for master's degree candidates who have been enrolled in a higher education institution in accordance with the procedure established by Paragraph 3 of Article 52 of the Law of Georgia on Higher Education;

E) for foreign citizens who have obtained the right to continue their education in a higher education institution of Georgia before the enactment of the Law of Georgia on Higher Education and have a document certifying higher education recognized by the government of Georgia.

Candidates who have a B2 level English language proficiency certificate as well as a candidate who has completed a full or part-time bachelor's or master's degree in English are exempt from English language testing.

The programme annual fee is 2,500 GEL.