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Course summary

Immerse yourself in debates around the nature and future of literature Our MA English Literature course allows you to explore your passion to understand the power of literature in shaping our understanding of the world. This course will appeal to anyone who is thoughtful, intellectually curious, and inquisitive about literature. You will have the opportunity to engage with a diverse range of genres including fantasy literature, modernism, the historical novel and science fiction as you study texts from the Renaissance through to the Present Day. You will gain the confidence to develop into an independent researcher in a supportive environment as you meet and learn from experts in the field who are enthusiastic about the study of English literature. On this course you will:

  • Analyse and interrogate literary, critical and theoretical texts.
  • Gain the confidence to present your ideas in a convincing and structured way to a range of audiences.
  • Discuss and argue in an informed, thoughtful and sensitive way.
  • Develop your ability to compare critical approaches and different methodologies.
  • Learn from our expert team of published writers and leading academics.
  • Develop your independent research skills, including compiling bibliographies, understanding the range of academic tools, and use of the internet or research.


Engage with various genres and a wide range of critical and theoretical approaches Our MA English Literature is an open and flexible programme designed to give you the possibility of exploring the full diversity of English literature. Our modules offer the opportunity to research a diverse range of literary periods and forms – from the Early Modern to Contemporary fiction, engaging with genres including historical fiction, fantasy literature, modernism, e-writing, and film. The MA also explores a wide range of critical and theoretical approaches, including historical and textual analysis, ethical reading, cognitive poetics, and critical theory. This list is indicative and subject to change. The MA comprises of four taught modules and a dissertation.

Assessment method

Teaching Our team of experienced tutors and experts use the latest research to underlie their teaching. This ensures that you have access the latest debates within the study of English Literature. You will learn through interactive lectures and seminars, over the course of one year full-time or two years part-time. The final year of the part-time option will allow you to focus on your dissertation. Full-time students will have their dissertation built into their year of study. The dissertation offers guided and supported research into the literature that you find urgent and engaging. In addition to the core courses, staff offer dedicated tutorial time after each taught session and are also available for discussion and consultation online or via individual tutorials. Assessment You will take four core modules (three with an assessment of a 5,000 word essay) and receive support in writing your own research dissertation (15,000 words). The core modules cover the diversity and range in English literature study, from the Renaissance to the present moment. They explore how literature is animating our contemporary concerns, the intense experiences of emotion that literature can offer, the various ways in which literature imagines reality, and how to activate your abilities as a researcher.

Entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:1 or higher in a related discipline Students with a 2:2 honours degree will be considered on a case by case basis.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5With no element lower than 5.5
PTE Academic58

For more detail about our English language requirements, including details of the University's Summer Pre-Sessional English language courses, see our website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £7277 Year 1
International £15460 Year 1
EU £15460 Year 1
England £7277 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7277 Year 1
Scotland £7277 Year 1
Wales £7277 Year 1
Channel Islands £7277 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
English Literature at University of Chichester - UCAS