MA English Literature

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Faculty Faculty of Arts
Awards available MA
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Part-time study in year one requires attendance one day a week in teaching blocks one and two (daytime). In year two, it will require attendance one day a week in teaching block one, and up to two days a week in teaching block two.
Start date September 2020

Programme overview

The MA in English Literature aims to deepen your passion for literature while developing the rigorous specialist skills essential to postgraduate-level research. With the help and support of a distinguished English department, we aim to provide a stimulating and challenging intellectual experience in a friendly, supportive environment.

The programme offers four pathways, which build on the core research strengths of the department:

  • Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature
  • Romantic and Victorian Literature
  • 20th-century and Contemporary Literature
  • Literature and the Environment 

If you wish to focus on a particular period you may follow a single pathway. Alternatively, if you want to broaden your engagement with English literature, you may choose no pathway, and combine optional units to suit your interests. 

All students are taught the specialist skills required for postgraduate-level research and the practical skills that academic life demands. Everyone is expected to enter fully into the wider academic community of the department and the University.

Fees for 2020/21

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
£8,700
UK/EU: part-time (two years)
£4,350
Overseas: full-time
£19,200
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
£8,700

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2020/21

Funding and studentship opportunities are listed on the Faculty of Arts funding pages.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

You will study units that follow the pathway that matches your interests. After successfully completing the taught course, you must complete a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MA in English Literature.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree with a final average of 65 per cent or above (or international equivalent) in English literature or a related subject, and 65 or above in any dissertation component. Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile A
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

Students who complete the MA programme in English Literature have been successful in obtaining employment in the media, journalism, publishing, the theatre, arts administration and teaching, as well as in industry, commerce, law, computing and social work. Many English MA graduates continue their studies by moving on to MPhil/PhD programmes.

How to apply
Application deadline:

31 July 2020 for International applicants. 19 Aug 2020 for UK and EU applicants. Early applications recommended; places may fill before the deadline.

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I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.

Joyce

REF 2014 results

  • English Language and Literature:
  • 11% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 57% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 25% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 7% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admission contact our Enquiries Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1649 Email: choosebristol-pg@bristol.ac.uk

Dr Kate McClune Programme Director

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/humanities/ http://www.bristol.ac.uk/english/

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