Postgraduate programmes in the Department of English

English taught programmes

  • MA in English Literature
    Pathways available:
    • Romantic and Victorian Literature
    • Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature
    • Twentieth Century and Contemporary Literature

For details of typical units on offer see the programme catalogue.

If you would like further information on the academic content of the course, please email

English research programmes (MPhil, MLitt/PhD)

We welcome and encourage applications for postgraduate degrees by research. In addition to topics focusing on single research areas, we actively encourage interdisciplinary research that cuts across the spectrum of English literature studies, or other intellectual disciplines in the Faculty of Arts and beyond. Joint supervision may be provided.

Research groups

See our departmental research groups for more information on how our research activity is focused within English Literature.

Skills training

You will also benefit from the Graduate School of Arts and Humanities' skills training programme, which allows you to extend your range of academic and professional skills. You may also be given the chance at an appropriate stage to teach undergraduates, and you will be offered training for this purpose, leading to formal accreditation.

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One of the reasons I found English at Bristol so fulfilling was the small-sized tutorial groups; they enabled interesting and productive discussion about key texts.

Becca Caseby, MA English Literature

Graduate School Students in the Graduate School

The Graduate School of Arts and Humanities is the central hub for postgraduate study in the Faculty of Arts, providing support, information and a vibrant community for our students.


The Graduate School offers funding opportunities to Arts applicants on both taught and research programmes. This includes PhD funding via the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership.