The MA has given me a chance to tackle real academic work. If I had just wanted to talk about books, I could have joined a book group – but the MA is much more rigorous and gives me the chance to write, too.

Clare Nursey

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1 year


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The MA in English Literature offers an exciting array of modules to take your experience of literary study to the next level. 

From Early Modern poets like Christopher Marlowe and Andrew Marvell to classics of children’s literature like Alice in Wonderland; from Victorian crime fiction to the literature of the First World War; from fin de siècle classics such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula to modern classics-in-the-making like Junot Díaz’s This is How You Lose Her – the range of texts and topics is designed to combine the familiar with the lesser-known, and the experimental with the traditional.

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, in English or a relevant subject discipline. Holders of other qualifications will be considered individually.

If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no element below 6.0.

Honours Degree

Module information

Core/optional modules

*Modules subject to validation

How you’ll learn

This course is aimed at everyone interested in studying English literature in depth. Our students usually include mature students returning to literary studies after a break, as well as recent graduates wishing to take their knowledge to the next level.

Our MA in English Literature lets you dive into all this literature and reach a deeper level of critical engagement, making it a valuable experience in its own right – perfectly suited to those on a career-break or in retirement. It will also enhance applications for teacher training, provide essential postgraduate experience for those planning to go on to a PhD, and it will give you an edge in the professional job market.

You will be taught by a team of exceptional tutors, all researching and publishing in their fields. The teaching team is friendly and welcoming, and has an excellent reputation for teaching, supervision and diligent student support. You will be joining a close-knit community of scholars that is mutually supporting and where friendships are made. Join us!

The course offers an interesting range of module options; students can choose either to follow an eclectic mix or to focus on one of the team’s key areas of expertise – whether that’s Early Modern, Victorian or Modern Literature. 

Learning and teaching is chiefly by two-hour seminars. These are designed to be discursive, facilitating scholarly debate on the module’s topics and texts. Students are also offered one-to-one tutorials in all modules, and individual supervision is an essential part of each student’s work on their dissertation.

You will be taught by a team of exceptional tutors, all researching and publishing in their fields. The team is friendly and welcoming, and has an excellent reputation for teaching, supervision and student support. You will be joining a close-knit community of scholars where friendships are made. Join us!

Dr Andrew PalmerProgramme Director.

How you’ll be assessed

The option modules are each assessed by a single research essay of 4,000 words. The Research and Scholarship module is assessed through a range of assignments designed to develop your skills as a literary critic – these include an annotated bibliography and a research proposal. The dissertation module is assessed by a single 15,000 word dissertation. There are no exams.


No exams

Your future career

This programme is a significant qualification in its own right, but if you wish to pursue further study it will also give you an opportunity to progress to an PhD or take a PGCE.

The research and writing skills you'll gain, together with the specialist disciplinary knowledge developed during the course, will boost your employability and can provide an invaluable grounding for careers in teaching, media and journalism, publishing and marketing.

I am now a PhD student and I co-organise the English Literature and Cultural Studies seminar series at the University of Westminster. The MA enables you to grow not only as a student, but also as a person. Studying for the MA was probably one of my best experiences!

Baptise DanelEnglish Literature Graduate


Government loans of up to £11,222 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2020. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

2021/22 tuition fees for this course

  UK Overseas
Full-time £8,160 £13,000
Part-time £4,080 N/A

20% Alumni Discount

We offer alumni discounts on CCCU Postgraduate Taught, PGCE Primary and Secondary, and Masters by Research courses for eligible students.

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Important Information on Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2021/22 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

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