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Course summary

The MA English course provides a stimulating intellectual environment that will enable you to build upon the interests and skills you acquired at undergraduate level. You will be taught by recognised leaders in their fields who are also dedicated teachers. In the UK’s 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) to assess research quality, 92% of our research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent. The course features core modules in both advanced critical theory and research methodologies that will enhance your abilities in academic research, writing, and presentation, enabling you to meet the standards demanded by employers throughout your professional life.

  • A distinctive themed focus on authors and their works from the medieval period to the present day from a variety of critical perspectives.
  • Interdisciplinary connections across genres and media, including film, the visual arts, and popular culture;
  • Skills training in research methods, critical theory, and scholarly writing;
  • Teaching and supervision in a friendly, supportive environment by leading experts in their fields;
  • Membership of a thriving postgraduate research community in the Humanities
  • Ideal for both career development and preparation for research degrees


Modules include: texts and the critic 1: advanced critical theory; texts and the critic 2: research methodologies; corpus 1: pre-C20th writers and their work; corpus 2: post-1900 writers and their work; connectivities1: literature, film and visual cultures; connectivities 2: literature, genre and period; dissertation. Note: Please be aware that the MA English degree contains no modules in English Language or Linguistics: it is an advanced course in literary studies.

Entry requirements

UK Entry Requirements Academic Pathway: A degree classification of 2:2 or above in the area of Art History, Creative Writing, Comparative Literature, English Literature (or Language), History, Media, Philosophy, Politics, Religious Studies. Or Any degree subject area with a degree classification of 2:1 or above. You will also be required to provide a 1000-word assessment piece you will be able to choose from the following options. Option 1: Why is the study of literature important? Option 2: To what extent should we consider literature in terms of the biography of its author. Option 3: To what extent do you agree with the statement ‘Poetry is of graver importance than history'. EU and International Entry Requirements: We have specific entry requirement information for EU and International applicants. Academic Requirement: An International recognised degree with a classification of 2:2 or above in the area of Art History, Creative Writing, Comparative Literature, English (Language or Literature), History, Media, Philosophy, Politics, Religious Studies. Our country specific entry criteria are related to the curriculum you have studied. Please click here to find the correct information for the country you have studied in. English Requirement: This course requires a higher level of English proficiency Successful applicants will be required to achieve IELTS 7.0 with no component less than 7.0 or equivalent. Please be aware that this course does not accept any high school English qualifications we will only accept a formal English Language Level test. Acceptable English Language Level tests Personal Statement Requirement: All international applicants are required to showcase their reasons for applying to study in the UK please use our personal statement template to support your application. Study Gap Information: International applicants also provide education information and work experience information. It’s important that when you complete your application you cover all of this information on your application to ensure we can satisfy this admissions assessment.

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