MA English LiteratureFind a programme
|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
One year full-time;
two years part-time
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||
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 2022|
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.
Virtual open week
This programme was covered in our Literature webinar.
Fees for 2022/23
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:
- UK: full-time
- UK: part-time (two years)
- Overseas: full-time
Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.
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.
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 2022/23
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.
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.
An upper second-class honours degree with a final average of 65% 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:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
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.
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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.