Mastering English Literature

This course runs from January to May with breaks for half terms and Easter. It is for graduates in any discipline from any university who want to return to study and sharpen their study skills or as preparation for the MA in English Literature at Bristol.

Students gain a taste of the University's expertise in Romantic literature, women's writing, poetry of the Twentieth Century and Shakespeare.


10 Tuesday evenings 6pm to 8pm, starting January 2020 with breaks for half-term and Easter.

The dates are 28 Jan, 4 Feb, 11 Feb, 25 Feb, 3 March, 17 March, 24 March, 21 April, 28 April and 12 May 2020

Where University of Bristol, Arts Complex, Woodland Road, BS8 1TB

The course tutor assists students to analyse texts and write essays to postgraduate standard, bridging the gap between undergraduate and postgraduate scholarship. Students will have full access to the University library, student study centres and student support services.  

Guidance will be provided for students who wish to progress to an MA in English.  

Key texts include:

Jane Austen   Sense and Sensibility

The poetry of John Keats

Philip Larkin   High Windows and Whitsun Weddings

Shakespeare   Measure for Measure and Twelfth Night

Course fee £400. Payment can be made in instalments.
Previous qualifications/experience Members of the public who hold a degree are welcome to apply.

Waiting list


This course is fully booked. If you would like to apply, please email

Online Application Form


Please address any enquiries about the courses to:

Department of English Part-time Courses
School of Humanities
11 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB

Tel: 0117 928 8924

MEL turned out to be a good way to bolster my MA application as well as a practical preparation for graduate study. But it was also enjoyable and worthwhile of itself. I loved rediscovering writers such as Jane Austen and Philip Larkin from a new, critical perspective. The teaching on MEL was excellent, and the tutor, Stephen Derry, fostered a welcoming atmosphere, taking all contributions seriously.

Jamie Harrison (MA English Literature)
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