This innovative and flexible programme gives you the opportunity to specialise simultaneously in several areas of English Studies:

Literature 1500 to the Present

Drama and Creative Writing

Medieval Literature and Language

English Language and Applied Linguistics

This MA will particularly suit you if you wish to broaden the range of your experiences as an undergraduate without losing the focus and depth which characterises postgraduate study.

Students who are keen to pursue a career teaching English in higher education, together with in-service teachers who wish to update their skills, will also find this course particularly useful, as it provides an ideal introduction to the main subject-areas encompassed within English Studies.

All MA students in the School of English join a lively and thriving postgraduate community.

Key facts

  • The key features of this course include a theoretical grounding in research methodology, one-to-one tuition with expert members of staff, teaching informed by active leading-edge researchers in the field, and choice from a wide range of modules
  • You have the option of completing the taught modules on this course and not undertaking the dissertation for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in English Studies
  • The School was ranked 7th for English in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015
  • 9th in the UK for 'research power' (REF 2014)
  • You can hear from current students in our School of English Masters student videos

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 13730 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 5380 Year (EEA)
Start date
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

You will choose modules from at least two of the four subject areas in the School: Literature 1500 to the Present; Drama & Creative Writing; English Language and Applied Linguistics; and Medieval Language and Literature.

In consultation with the course convenor, you may choose to write your dissertation on a new topic or you may extend your research into a topic already addressed in assessed work, with the provison that you must not substantially repeat work that has already been assessed.

You will be assigned a tutor to supervise your dissertation, which will normally be written up during the summer months, from June to September.
This course can be taken over 1 year, full-time (September to September) or part-time over 2 to 3 years.

The MA consists of taught modules totalling 120 credits (which are taken during the autumn and spring semesters) and a 60-credit dissertation module (undertaken over the summer period).

Full-time students normally take 60 credits of taught modules in each semester; part-time students normally take 30 credits.

All taught modules are assessed by written work of between 3,000 words (for a 15 credit module) and 6,000 words (for a 30 credit module), which is set towards the end of the semester in which the module is taught.

The dissertation module is assessed by written work of 14,000 words.

English Language Requirements


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  • Entry requirements:2.1 (Upper 2nd class hons degree from British University or international equivalent)
  • Including:Relevant linguistic and /or literary studies
  • Excluding:Sciences or Mathematics background
  • Other requirements:Transcripts are required
  • IELTS:7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic:67 (minimum 55)

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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