MA English LiteratureFind a programme
|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
One year full-time;
two years part-time
|Part-time study available||Yes|
|Open to international students||Yes|
|Number of places||Not fixed; spaces on individual units are limited|
|Start date||September 2016|
The MA in English Literature allows you to deepen your passion for literature while developing the rigorous specialist skills essential to postgraduate-level research. With the help and support of one of the leading English departments in the country, we aim to provide a stimulating and challenging intellectual experience in a friendly, supportive environment.
The MA, one of the largest and best-known in the UK, offers three pathways, which build on the core research strengths of the department. If you wish to focus on a particular period you may follow a single pathway. If you wish to broaden your engagement with English Literature, you may choose a combination of pathways and optional units. All students are taught the specialist skills essential to postgraduate-level research, and the practical skills that academic life now demands. Everyone is expected to enter fully into the wider academic community of the department and the university.
Fees for 2016/17
Full time fees
Part time fees
Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.
Funding for 2016/17
Please see the Faculty of Arts funding pages for funding and studentship opportunities.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
- Introduction to Literary Research
- One pathway unit
- Two pathway units or one academic conference Unit
- Optional unit or third pathway unit or academic conference Unit
Following successful completion of the taught course, you must complete a dissertation of 15,000 words maximum.
Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature
- Renaissance Literature: Text and Context
- Hamlet: Text and Interpretation
- Intertextual Shakespeare
Romantic and Victorian Literature
- Romantic Poetry and Poetics
- The Gothic, or From Romantic to Victorian Literature
- Victorian Literature and Place
20th-century and Contemporary Literature
- Modernism, Experimentation and Form
- Literature 1940-1970: Writing After War, After Modernism
- Contemporary Literature
Please note, optional units can vary each year but may include:
- Aesthetic Possibilities
- Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages
- Charles Dickens
- Global Cultures of the Book
- The Cultural Imagination of Gender
- The Rise of the Novel in 19th-century Europe
- U.S. Postmodernist Fiction
- European cinema
- Half-day academic conference
- Introduction to Old English
- James Joyce
- Literature and Medicine
- Modernism and the Body
- Place in Victorian and Recent Fiction
- Post-Colonial Imaginings
- Public Role of the Humanities
- Shakespearean Tragedy: Textual and Literary Criticism
- Tradition and Experimentation in 20th-century European Fiction
- Victorian Afterlives
- Writing for Art
- Animal Planet: Humans and other Animals in Modernity
An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent). Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
|Application method||Online application form|
|English language requirements||
Further information about English language requirements
|Admissions statement||Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.|
Students who completed the MA programme in English Literature have been successful in obtaining employment in the media, journalism, publishing, the theatre, arts administration and various kinds of teaching, as well as in industry, commerce, law, computing, accountancy, human resources and social work. Many English MA graduates also continue their studies by taking up MPhil/MLitt/PhD programmes.
1 August 2016
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REF 2014 results
- 11% of research is world-leading (4 star)
- 57% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
- 25% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
- 7% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.
Get in touch
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