MA in English Literary Studies

The MA in English Literary Studies offers a wide range of taught modules in Early Modern, Romantic, Victorian and Modern and Contemporary Studies as well as in Creative Writing. The MA consists of a 15,000 word dissertation, four taught modules (2 modules in each of the first 2 terms and the dissertation in term 3) and a Research Methodology course.

Students take 180 credits: the dissertation (90 credits) four courses at 20 credits each and the departmental Research Methodologies course (10 credits).

Typically 10-14 of the following modules run each academic year:

 Qualification for creative writing modules is subject to the submission of a 300-500 word creative writing sample.

MA Pathways

The general MA in English Literary Studies enables you to choose from the full offering of modules. You may instead choose a specialist route through the MA. All students choose to take modules over the first two terms, and work on a dissertation in term 3. All MA students also take a Research Methodologies module.

There are five pathways:

Combined MAs with other departments

It is possible to combine the MA in English Literary Studies with MAs located in other departments including English Language, Media and Cultural Studies and Gender and Women's Studies.

Read more about combined MA options

For information about applications and finance for MA students, see our sections on How to Apply and Fees and Funding.