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Postgraduate Study 2023–2024

One of the best universities for English Literature in the world

Our warm and vibrant research community is one of the largest in the UK, with a diverse student body of around 110 postgraduates every year. We offer a full calendar of research seminars, symposiums, and conferences, with a busy diary of speakers from around the world. We offer career development support during your time here, and some financial support for research-related activities.

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Virtual Open Day

Join us at our next Postgraduate Virtual Open Day to find out more about our English and Comparative Literary Studies degrees.

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MA English degrees

Develop your knowledge in literary studies, as well as a range of transferable skills, with one of our English Masters programmes. Our excellent staff-to-student ratio means you'll be supported every step of the way, and challenged to take your intellectual and professional ambitions to the next level.

We offer various funding opportunities for students. Details of bursaries available can be found on our funding page.

Applicants are advised that they should normally apply to only one of our MA programmes.

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English PhD and research

Produce cutting-edge research under the supervision of one of our expert staff members. You'll benefit from facilities including extensive library resources and archive collections, helping you achieve your research ambitions.

Sources: 26th in the World for English Language and Literature according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022. 91% of our research is rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2021).