Masters in English Literature

Developing our knowledge of the theory and history of the world’s literature is a pathway to understand other elements of our past and our present. You start to observe the enjoyments and fears of different time periods, getting a glimpse of their reality. The written word is never as plain as it seems, and many a secret has been discovered through the analysis of literature and its contexts. Delving into the past will also help you to develop your writing style and literary choices, guiding your journey to a career of your choice.

About English Literature


The accreditation of your degree will depend on where you choose to study. It will also be influenced by your level of study. At postgraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Master of Arts (MA), or Master of Research (MRes). Further study will award research degrees such as Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).



Postgraduate course annual tuition fees are set by the institution, which means that they can differ. Postgraduate programmes are generally less expensive than undergraduate programmes. You will find detailed fee information on the institution webpage.

Typical Annual Tuition Fees

  • Postgraduate - £7,800

Topics Covered


During a postgraduate degree, such as an MA, you will build on the skills and knowledge gained at undergraduate level. The modules you study will cover the more complex and specialist areas of English literature. You will develop your understanding of both the traditional and contemporary concepts of the subject area. Modules and specialisms might include war literature, radical writers, regional literature, dramatic discourse, Norse literature, American literature, theatricality and madness, existentialism, postmodernism, folklore and mythology, and creative writing. Assessment methods could include written work, presentations, group projects, and a final major research project.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for an English literature degree will depend on where you choose to study. They will also be influenced by the level of study for which you are applying. For a postgraduate degree, most universities will require you to have an undergraduate degree in English literature, or a closely related subject.

Typical Entry Requirements


  • Degree Requirements - 2:1 or higher
  • Required/Desired Subjects - English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature, History