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. 




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

Medieval Literature
Shakespeare - Othello
17th-century poetry
A Christmas Carol and the Gothic
Keats’ narrative poems
Katherine Mansfield Short stories
Writing and the environment

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.


Applications for the 2021-22 intake have now closed

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Please address any enquiries about the courses to:

Department of English Part-time Courses
School of Humanities
3-5 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB

Tel: 0117 928 8924

Find out about our students

The MEL course has really been life-changing for me, and I had no idea that would happen when I signed up for it. Rediscovering academic study, falling in love with reading again and discovering texts I would never normally have come across, has all been an absolute joy. It’s also given me back confidence I'd lost and the opportunity to focus on something I feel passionate about. My hope now is to go on to complete an MA and then study for a PhD.

Mastering English Literature student, 2021
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