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MA in English Literary Studies (ELS)

Students taking the generalist pathway take any 4 modules.

The dissertation will be in any subject that can be covered by staff in the department.

Students are expected to take two 20 credit modules per term (Terms 1 and 2). Students can apply to replace one taught module with a guided reading course, the Special Subject module.

The compulsory ENGL419: Research Methods course is taken by all English MA students and runs across terms 1, 2 and 3.

Modules available may include:

Modern and Contemporary


Early Modern

Creative Writing

Contemporary Literature and Technology

On Location in the Lakes

Bodies and Spirits in Early Modern Literature and Culture

Writing Fiction

Victorian Literature and other Media

Victorian Literature and Other Media

Politics and Place in Early Modern Literature and Culture

Writing Poetry

Contemporary British Fiction

Victorian Extremes: The Coming of Modernity



Contemporary Gothic

Romance and Realism




The Byron-Shelley Circle




Student Journals

Cake publishes poetry, flash fiction and reviews with work from established poets and newcomers alike. Go to Cake»

Share research and make connections with other researchers. Go to the Luminary»


The Flash Journal is an undergraduate run termly journal which publishes fiction, poetry, critical and hybrid work by current Lancaster undergrads. Go to Flash»

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