What Will You Study

The MA English Literary Studies with Creative Writing provides a rare opportunity to combine creative and critical writing at Masters level. It’s your chance to learn from tutors who are leading experts in English Literary Studies and from the prize-winning, practising authors who teach in our long-established English Literature and Creative Writing department.

During your studies you will critically engage with complex written materials and with the ideas of others. You will learn to place your own creative and critical work in a literary and professional context, and to express your powers of analysis across a variety of literary forms. The elements of self-directed study and independent thinking will help you to develop your skills in project management, working to deadline, working to a brief, creative collaboration, and problem solving.

The degree comprises two core modules in Research Methodology, two elective modules in English Literary Studies, and two elective modules in Creative Writing. You will also complete an English Literary Studies dissertation. All students deliver a research-based talk at our annual MA Showcase - previous events have been held in partnership with Lancaster LitFest and the Dukes theatre.

Our elective modules cover a wide range of literary fields and genres:

  • Creative Writing: Psychogeographies, Short Fiction, Poetry, the Lyric Essay and Radio Drama
  • English Literary Studies: Modern, Contemporary, Romantic, Victorian and Early Modern Literature

Your postgraduate degree prepares you for careers in journalism, publishing, literature and reading development, community arts and public relations, as well as PhD research. The critical and creative skills developed through your studies will also enhance your employability.

Part time and full time study options are available.