English Literature MA



Course introduction

The course

If you want to undertake further English literature study, but don't want to specialise in any one area, MA English Literature may be the perfect course for you. With a wide range of expertise in the department, you have the option to choose units from the MAs in Medieval Studies, Shakespeare, Victorian Literature, Art and Culture and specialist options in Modernism and Contemporary Literature. The course is ideal if you are interested in more than one period of English literature, or if you want to combine or juxtapose the literatures and genres of different periods.

You'll choose the equivalent of two whole modules from across the four MA literature programmes and carry out your own research, writing a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation.

You will be taught by highly regarded scholars, writers and critics who are engaged in research, writing ground-breaking books, talking to or writing in the national media, and providing expert advice to organisations including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Department for Education and other national and international bodies.

You may study this course full-time for one year or part-time over two years.

Teaching & assessment

Students on the MA in English Literature choose the equivalent of two whole courses from across the four MA programmes and write a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation, submitted early in the September of the year following their enrolment on the MA.

The courses chosen may be made up of combination of full and half-units (one 'course' equals one full-unit, or two half-units). Some of the available MA programmes are comprised entirely of full-units, as is the case with the MA in Shakespeare, and some of half -units, as is the case with the MA in Victorian Literature, Art and Culture. In addition, all students are registered for the compulsory unassessed course 'Methods and Materials of Research'.

Your future career

The Department has an impressive record for placing graduates in academic jobs and in prominent position outside academia. In the field of Shakespeare and Renaissance studies alone, our postgraduates have recently secured positions at the Universities of Edinburgh, Sussex and Leeds, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the National University of Ireland. Recent postgraduates in America literature, modern and contemporary literature and theory have secured prestigious appointments in London.

The English Department also prepares postgraduates for successful careers in a variety of the other areas, such as:

  • teaching
  • writing and journalism
  • administration
  • marketing.



Tuitions and fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 Years - part-time MA - Master of Arts £3950 Home Fees
2 Years - part-time MA - Master of Arts £8400 Overseas Fees
2 Years - part-time MA - Master of Arts £3950 European Fees
1 Years - full-time MA - Master of Arts £7900 Home Fees
1 Years - full-time MA - Master of Arts £16800 Overseas Fees
1 Years - full-time MA - Master of Arts £7900 European Fees


Qualifications required

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have 2:1 in a related subject.Normally we require a UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in relevant subjects but we will consider a high 2:2 or relevant work experience. Candidates with professional qualifications in an associated area may be considered. Where a ?high 2:2? is considered, we would normally define this as reflecting a profile of 57% or above. Applicants with degrees in other subjects may also be considered. Applicants will be required to submit a sample of recent written work, such as two short essays or an extract from a dissertation.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have 2:1 in a related subject.Normally we require a UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in relevant subjects but we will consider a high 2:2 or relevant work experience. Candidates with professional qualifications in an associated area may be considered. Where a ?high 2:2? is considered, we would normally define this as reflecting a profile of 57% or above. Applicants with degrees in other subjects may also be considered. Applicants will be required to submit a sample of recent written work, such as two short essays or an extract from a dissertation. Students need to have: IELTS: 7.0 overall. Writing 7.0. No other subscore lower than 5.5; TOEFL iBT: 97 overall, with Reading 18 Listening 17 Speaking 20 Writing 26.
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 97