MA English Literature

School of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Our MA courses give you the chance to explore the subjects you love with the guidance of leading researchers. The range of options available means you can design the masters you want.

The course offers a unique curriculum – half theoretical and half practical. It offers a great opportunity for me to learn the way to incorporate theatre practice into research. The course has introduced a wide variety of contemporary performance that is totally new to me, which has broadened my interest.

Moe ShojI, Postgraduate Student in the School of English

About the course

Course description 2017

This is our most flexible course. It’s designed to let you explore, then specialise in the specific pathway that interests you.

English Literature - MA 2017 pathways

Moe Shoji, postgraduate in the School of English Literature

Examples of optional modules

Modules may include, but are not limited to:

  • Memory and Narrative in Contemporary Literature
  • Exchanging Letters: Art and Correspondence in Twentieth-Century American Culture
  • Tales of the City
  • Analysis of Film
  • Animal Writes: Beasts and Humans in 20th and 21st Century Fiction
  • White Like Me
  • Rocket-State Cosmology
  • The Rise of the Gothic

Teaching and assessment

Essays, 15,000-word dissertation.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years full-time

Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 or the international equivalent in English, or a combined degree including a substantial element of English Literature. For the Literary-Linguistics pathway, you need a 2:1 in English literature, language or linguistics – or a related subject such as history, philosophy or modern languages.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

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Fees and funding

There are a number of studentships and fee bursaries available, funded by the University. Deadlines for funding applications are usually in winter/early spring. For details, see our website.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Dr Madeleine Callaghan
T: +44 (0)114 222 8461

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.