Mastering English Literature

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This course is for graduates in any discipline from any university who want to return to study. The programme is ideal for graduates wanting to explore literature as an academic pursuit or as preparation for application to MA courses in English Literature and related disciplines. 

Students sample the University's expertise in the fields of Medieval Literature; Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature; Romantic and Victorian Literature; 20th Century and Contemporary Literature; Literature and the Environment; Black British Literature; and Creative Writing.




This course runs for 10 weeks on Wednesday evenings, 6 pm to 8 pm with breaks for half-term and Easter.

Course dates: 24 January to 24 April 2024 
Half term break: 14 February
Easter vacation: 25 March to 12 April


University of Bristol Arts Complex, Woodland Road


The course will support you to analyse texts and write essays to graduate standard by refreshing or refocussing your skills for the purposes of literary study. The course is designed to bridge the gap between undergraduate and postgraduate scholarship, and participants will have the opportunity to work with specialist tutors to produce an academic essay that could be submitted in support of an application for postgraduate study in a literary discipline. Students will have full access to the University library and student study centres.

Guidance will be provided for students who wish to progress to an MA in English.  

Course Outline

Example topics:

Medieval Literature
Writing of the 19th-century
Modernist works by authors such as T.S. Eliot and Katherine Mansfield 
Literature and the Environment
Black British Writing

This course gives a taste of a range of Masters level (MA) programmes at Bristol including: 

Course fee

£460. Payment can be made in instalments.

Application deadline

15 December 2023

If you require the form in an alternative format, please email us at

Previous qualifications/experience Members of the public who hold a degree are welcome to apply.


Find out about our students

What our students say...

An excellent way to gain a real sense of the Masters courses. Feedback on written assignments is thorough and focussed on helping you improve. The tutors have such an infectious enthusiasm and passion for their subjects.

Mastering English Literature student, 2023

I loved this course and endorse it to anyone looking to litmus test whether they can go back to university after a hiatus of any kind.

Mastering English Literature student, 2022

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


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

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