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MA English Literature

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    MA Full-time: 1 year Part-time: 2 years

Course Description

In a world of information overload and ‘alternative facts’, the ability to read between the lines is more valuable than ever. Studying English literature equips you with the skills to do this.

Our flexible course will further your ability to analyse words and literary forms, deepening your knowledge of important literary periods, movements, authors and texts. The optionality woven into the programme means you can really tailor your studies to focus on the topics and texts that most interest you.

You’ll benefit from the expertise of our academics who are leaders in their fields. They’ll inspire you to extend your understanding of literary history, genre and theory, introducing you to a variety of up-to-date approaches to literary studies. You’ll also get a chance to work with our Poet and Distinguished Writer in Residence – again, all leading exponents of their chosen literary genres.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree in English literature, history or philosophy.

Alternative degree subjects can be considered by the faculty on a case-by-case basis. A sample of written work and/or interview may be requested.

We may be able to take relevant work experience into consideration if you don’t meet these requirements. If you have at least one year of relevant experience in a full-time graduate-level role (or a minimum of two years’ experience in a relevant graduate-level part-time role) please provide full details of your role and responsibilities in your personal statement and CV when you submit your application.

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Programme Funding

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Student Destinations

The skills you develop on our course are a gateway to a wide range of careers in the creative industries and heritage sector and in business roles such as marketing, PR, HR and professional writing.

91 per cent of our School of Literature and Languages postgraduate students go on to employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023, HESA).

Some of our graduates have gone on to start their careers in the following roles:

  • Content writer
  • Editor
  • Publisher
  • Journalist
  • Teacher
  • Technical writer
  • Arts administration.

Module Details

  • 21ST-CENTURY LITERARY STUDIES: THEORIES, METHODOLOGIES AND APPROACHES Compulsory 1
  • BEYOND TOLKIEN – REWRITING FANTASY Optional 1
  • OPEN WRITING I Optional 1
  • QUEER ECOLOGIES AND ENVIRONMENTAL LITERATURE Optional 1
  • RESEARCH AND WRITING SKILLS Compulsory 1
  • THE AGE OF CHIVALRY: MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN ROMANCE Optional 1
  • TRAVEL WRITING PAST AND PRESENT: THEMES, FORMS, AND CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES Optional 1
  • WOMEN BEHIND THE SCREEN: GENDER AND LABOUR IN FILM Optional 1
  • WRITING GAMING Optional 1
  • 21ST CENTURY FORMS AND GENRES Compulsory 2
  • ADVANCED CHILDRENS LITERATURE Optional 2
  • ADVANCED SCREENWRITING Optional 2
  • BUILDING STORIES- METHODS AND MATERIALS OF CONTEMPORARY WRITING Optional 2
  • MEDIEVAL WOMEN’S WRITING Optional 2
  • MOBILITIES OF NATION AND EMPIRE: VICTORIAN LITERATURE 1850-1890 Optional 2
  • OPEN WRITING II Optional 2
  • TRANSLATION FOR THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES Optional 2
  • WRITING SHAKESPEARE Optional 2
  • ENGLISH LITERATURE DISSERTATION Compulsory Year-long

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