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MA English Literature

Year of entry

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.

20% Alumni discount

UK and EU Christ Church alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on self-funded Postgraduate Taught Masters and Masters by Research.

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!

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.

"The MA has given me a second chance at tackling 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 than that and also gives me the chance to write, which I enjoy."

Clare, Mature Student

Read an interview with Clare and Maggie where they speak about their experiences studying an English Literature MA

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. For details of specific modules, see below.

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.

All students take ‘Research and Scholarship’ in the first semester – a module designed to bring you up to speed with post-graduate level study. Subjects covered include: how to plan your essays, scholarly writing and editing, critical practice and methodology, and how to develop your dissertation proposal.

In addition, you can choose from a range of option modules. Full-time students choose two of these for Semester 1 and three more for Semester 2.  Part-time students choose one option module in Semester 1 and two more in Semester 2, then in their second year they choose one more in each semester while also writing their Dissertation.

(Please note: the semester in which a module runs may change from year to year, depending on staff availability).

  • Classic Children’s Literature
  • Identity, Community and Belonging in Modern Literature
  • Early Modern Authorship
  • Nineteenth-Century Crime Fiction
  • Literature of the Fin de Siècle
  • Literature, Memory & the First World War
  • Case Studies in Early Modern Literature

Finally, all students write a Dissertation of 15,000 words. Full-time students complete this in Semester 3 (over the summer); Part-time students write their dissertation over the course of their second year. Students may write their dissertation on any approved topic in English literature for which a supervisor is available.

Fees

2020/21 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time £7,970 £13,000
Part-time £3,985 N/A

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

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 2020/21 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Government loans of up to £10,906 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2018. 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.

Read more about  postgraduate masters student loans.

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

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 are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course, or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

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.

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.

 

Apply Direct / Part-time study

Location Length Start  
MA In English Literature apply
Canterbury 1 year full-time September 2020
MA In English Literature apply
Canterbury 2 years part-time September 2020

 

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

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 1 year full-time
    2 years part-time

Starts

  • Late September/Early October

Typical contact hours per week

  • 6 contact hours per week (3x2-hour seminars per week) in 2 teaching terms, plus tutorial support & self directed study. 3rd term no taught classes but offered dissertation supervision tutorials.

Entry requirements

  • A 2:2 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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