Mastering English Literature

This course runs from November to February with a break for Christmas. 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 6 pm to 8 pm, starting November 2021 with a break for Christmas.

The dates are: 2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov, 30 Nov, 7 Dec, 14 Dec, 18 Jan, 25 Jan, 1 Feb 2022. 


This course will switch between sessions on campus and online on alternate weeks. For those who are unable to attend the sessions on campus, there will be an online-only option for this course. 


The course tutors support 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.  

Course Outline

A detailed course outline will be released on this website soon.

This course gives a taste of a range of Masters level (MA) programmes at Bristol including: 

Course fee

£410. Payment can be made in instalments.

Deadline 3 October 2021
Previous qualifications/experience Members of the public who hold a degree are welcome to apply.



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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