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MA in English Literature


Bursaries and loans for 2016/2017 entry are available - click here for details and applications

The MA in English Literature encourages a varied and flexible approach to MA study. You can choose to range widely in your choice of modules, studying for example:

  • Shakespeare alongside the literatures of North America
  • Women's writing from 1600 to the present alongside Marxism and Deconstruction
  • British Victorian texts alongside global literatures.

As the list of postgraduate modules demonstrates, the MA considers an open and wide-ranging catalogue of texts, approaches and periods.


If you wish to focus on a particular period or theme, you can follow a variety of pathways in this MA:

Each pathway features specialist modules to offer you the chance to study the subject in depth.


The MA is distinguished by its optional dissertation, which gives you the opportunity to research a topic at a more complex level than an essay permits. You can apply to write a dissertation and, if successful, will be offered a series of proposal workshops to help you develop a sophisticated and feasible project.

International students

English language requirements: we require an IELTS score of at least 7.5

More information for international students