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Course summary

MA English Literature is an exciting opportunity to study local and global literatures, from the Renaissance through to present day.

  • You will have the option to apply for a ‘professional experience’ opportunity, designed to further develop your skills and knowledge with the aim of maximising your employability prospects. See modules for more information.
  • Engaging with cutting-edge critical theories and through embodied learning, students will consider the importance of literature for the regional and global concerns of the twenty-first century.
  • This course emphasises real-world engagement and experiential learning. A typical year with us might involve a trip to Lake Geneva to reflect on how the strange weather of 1816 shaped the works Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, and Lord Byron. There are also opportunities to conduct in-depth case studies of how literature has galvanised communities of resistance in response to environmental catastrophes such as the Bhopal disaster in India.


MA English Literature explores the interrelations between literature and the environments in which it is produced and received. It employs a broad understanding of the word ‘environment’ to include wilderness, wasteland, urban, suburban and domestic spaces. It seeks to understand the role of literature in collective human and more-than-human adaptation and resistance to environmental change. Modules Utopian & Dystopian Writing: Identity, Education & Ecology - 30 credits Shakespearean Spaces - 15 credits Romantic Environments and Emotions - 15 credits Environment and the American West - 15 credits Gothic Nature - 15 credits Postcoloniality and Environment - 15 credits Research Methods - 15 credits Dissertation - 50 credits Transnational Professional Development - 10 credits

Assessment method

Assessment This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include: Group work Presentations Projects Coursework Individual Assignments The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a good undergraduate degree, in a social science or humanities related subject, or equivalent international grade/qualification, from a recognised university.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

2023/24 fees TBC. Please see our website for latest information.
English Literature at Coventry University - UCAS