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English Studies
Master of English Studies
Master of English Studies

Master of English Studies

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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 language/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

At Nottingham, we go beyond a love of books. Here, you will study in the city that was home to Lord Byron, DH Lawrence and Alan Sillitoe.

Our students benefit from access to special collections and the expertise of academics based in the Centre for Regional Literature and Culture, the Institute for Name Studies, the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age, and the Institute for Medieval Research.

We will introduce you to our core subject-areas within English studies and explore the relationship between texts and their historical, cultural and social contexts. Our optional module selection means you can tailor your degree to what interests you the most, or even specialise in several areas at once, including:

  • Literature 1500 to the Present
  • Drama and Creative Writing
  • Medieval Literature and Language
  • English Language and Applied Linguistics
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Core module:

You choose one of the below 20-credit modules:

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

Optional Modules:

Over the autumn and spring semesters, you will take a minimum of 20 credits (one module) from two areas of study listed below. The remaining 60 credits (three modules) can be chosen from all modules on offer.

English Language and Applied Linguistics modules: (20 credits each)

  • Consciousness in Fiction
  • Psychology of Language
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • English Vocabulary: Teaching and Learning
  • Advanced Research Methods in Applied Linguistics: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
  • Business and Organisational Communication
  • Language, Gender and Sexuality
  • Cognition and Literature
  • Group Dynamics and Motivation in the Language Classroom
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Sociolinguistics of Work
  • Research Methods: Corpus Linguistics
  • Language Teaching: Speaking and Listening
  • Narratology

Drama and Creative Writing modules: (20 credits each)

  • Creative Writing Conventions and Techniques
  • Writing Workshop: Fiction
  • Writing Workshop: Poetry
  • Shakespeare: Text, Stage and Screen
  • Riotous Performance: Drama, Disruption and Protest
  • Dramatic Discourse
  • Learning to Publish: Contemporary Forms & Practices
  • Learning to Read: Criticism for Creative Writers
  • Practice and Practitioners

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

  • Literature in Britain Since 1950
  • Literary Histories
  • Modernism and the Avant-Garde in Literature and Drama
  • Place, Region, Empire
  • Speculative Fictions
  • Textualities: Defining, making and using text
  • Poetry: Best words, Best Order

Medieval Language and Literature modules: (20 credits each)

  • Reading Old Norse
  • Reading Old English
  • Research Methods in Viking and Early Medieval English Studies
  • The History of the Book: 1200-1600
  • Middle English Romance
  • Place-Names in Context: Language, landscape and history


You will complete a 60-credit dissertation:

  • English Studies MA Dissertation
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

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 also gain a range of transferable skills, including:

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

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance-Single: 300 GBP/year

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