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English Literature
Master of English Literature
Master of English Literature

Master of English Literature

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  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

Undergraduate Degree: 2:1 (or international equivalent) in English literature or a related arts or humanities subject.For information on entry requirements from your country. Choose it below.

English Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element) 
  • PTE 71 (with a minimum of 65 in each element) or
  • TOEFL (iBT) 87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements) 

Course Information

Do you love nothing more than a good book? Or perhaps you're fascinated by the inner workings of your favourite texts? If so, this course is for you.

Our published staff will support you to build your research skills and explore a range of literary genres, from Romantic poetry to dystopias. We focus on:

  • questions of genre
  • establishing and challenging a literary canon
  • the idea of the archive, notions of orality and performance
  • the relationship between manuscript and print cultures
  • editorial practice and politics

We also investigate textual and critical issues involved in studying literatures in their cultural and historical contexts. For example, you might trace the textual history of a modernist novel through its drafts, or investigate the epistolary networks which shaped court poetry.

You can also study what you enjoy the most, with optional modules in a variety of literary forms, genres and themes.

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Professional development modules:

You will take one of the following two modules (worth 20 credits each):

  • Mastering the Arts: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Research
  • Arts in Society

Subjects specific modules:

This is a flexible course, which allows you to solely take English literature modules, or to incorporate some modules from elsewhere in the school if you wish.

Literature: 1500 - The Present modules (20 credits each):

  • Literary Histories
  • Literature in Britain Since 1950
  • Modernism and the Avant-Garde in Literature and Drama
  • Place, Region, Empire
  • Poetry: Best words, Best Order
  • Speculative Fictions
  • Textualities: Defining, making and using text
  • Dramatic Discourse
  • Shakespeare: Text, Stage and Screen
  • Riotous Performance: Drama, Disruption and Protest

If you would like to take modules from elsewhere in the school, you can take modules from the representative list shown below:

  • English Language and Applied Linguistics modules (20 credits each):
  • Cognition and Literature
  • Consciousness in Fiction

Drama and Creative Writing modules (20 credits each):

  • Creative Writing Conventions and Techniques
  • Writing Workshop: Fiction
  • Writing Workshop: Poetry
  • Learning to Publish: Contemporary Forms & Practices
  • Learning to Read: Criticism for Creative Writers
  • Dramatic Discourse

Medieval Language and Literature modules (20 credits each):

  • The History of the Book: 1200-1600
  • Middle English Romance
  • Reading Old English
  • Reading Old Norse
  • Research Methods in Viking and Early Medieval English Studies


You will complete a 60-credit dissertation:

  • English Literature MA Dissertation
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Our graduates enter a diverse rage of careers. The skills gained during this degree stand our graduates in good stead in areas from publishing to the heritage sector, and from marketing to academia.

You will gain a range of transferable skills, including:

  • collating information
  • writing persuasively
  • managing deadlines
  • balancing creative and analytical thinking

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance-Single: 300 GBP/year

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