English Literature

MA English Literature

An MA in English is increasingly regarded as a valuable extension of undergraduate study in that it:

  • offers you an anticipated edge in the professional job market;
  • enhances applications for teacher training where advanced specialist knowledge can be an asset. The PGCE English team in the Education department at Canterbury Christ Church University strongly encourages students to gain an MA before applying for the PGCE;
  • provides essential postgraduate experience for you if you intend to continue your study of literature at MPhil/PhD level;
  • provides a period of literary study if you wish to take a career break.

Intended to meet the needs of students who wish to engage in fast-track further study leading to a Master's qualification, our MA is offered full-time (one calendar year). If you'd prefer to study part-time it can also be taken over two years.

The timetable has been designed with concentration of seminars within two days (Mondays and Tuesdays) to offer flexibility with your other commitments.

The course offers opportunities to those who wish to pursue an eclectic generalist programme of modules and to those who seek specialisation in particular areas of literary study. You'll therefore enrol on one of four pathways:

  • MA in English Literature
  • MA in English (Literatures of Childhood)
  • MA in English (Literatures Victorian and Modern)
  • MA in English (Literatures Medieval and Early Modern)

For more details on pathways please visit the MA in English webpages.

Graduates typically choose to progress to an MPhil/ PhD, take a PGCE or use their MA to help enhance their CV in the job market.

Compulsory modules

  • Research and Scholarship (20 credits) – Term 1
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Option modules

Full-time students choose 5 option modules from the list below: 2 in Term One and 3 in Term Two.

Part-time students choose 1 option module in Term One and 2 in Term Two of their first year and 1 in Term One and 1 in Term Two of their second year.

Term one

  • Imagining England:Landscape and Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Literature (20 credits) ^
  • Classic Children’s Literature (20 credits) * #
  • Victorian Crime Fiction (20 credits) #

Term two

  • Case Studies in Early Modern Literature (20 credits) ^
  • Modern and Contemporary Literature of Childhood (20 credits) * #
  • Literature of the Fin de Siècle (20 credits) #
  • Literature and War from 1914 to the Present (20 credits) #

Pathway Requirements

Students taking the MA in English Literature pathway may choose any five options and may write their dissertation on an approved topic in any area of English literature for which a supervisor is available.

Students taking the MA in English (Literatures of Childhood) pathway must include the two option modules marked * and write their dissertation on an approved topic in children’s literature.

Students taking the MA in English (Literatures Victorian and Modern) pathway must include at least two of the modules marked # and write their dissertation on an approved topic in Victorian and/or Modern literature.

Students taking the MA in English (Literatures Medieval and Early Modern) pathway must include the two modules marked ^ and write their dissertation on an approved topic in Medieval and/or Early Modern literature.


The 2015/16 tuition fees for this course are:

Per YearUK/EUOverseas




£2,375 (90 credits) / £1,585 (60 credits)


The 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas *




£2,450 (90 credits)/ £1,635 (60 credits)


Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. The part-time fees quoted relate to courses taken over 2 years (90 credits per year) or 3 years (60 credits per year).

Students may self-fund their course or a Sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office .

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Learning and teaching is predominantly by two-hour seminars designed to facilitate scholarly debate on specific topics and texts. Individual tutorials are also offered to students in all modules, and individual supervision forms an essential part of work on the dissertation.

Assessment is mainly by a range of written coursework including research essays and a 15,000-word dissertation. There are no exams.

Applications for this course can be completed online .

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online .

Applicants must complete an application form and the Supplementary Form for MA in English Applicants, and arrange for an academic reference to be submitted. Decisions on applications are normally based on these submitted documents, but you may also be called for interview and/or asked to submit a writing sample.

Criteria used in selection include:

  • strength of undergraduate degree/predicted degree results in English Literature or a cognate subject
  • aptitude for advanced study of English literature
  • potential to engage in a concentrated programme of MA level work
  • aptitude for scholarly and critical thinking
  • skills in written English


Fact file


  • 1 year full-time
    2 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree, defined as a first class or second class honours degree, in English or a relevant subject discipline. Holders of other qualifications will be considered individually.
  • Entry requirements for international students whose first language is not English include an IELTS overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing.



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