Masters in English

If you have a passion for English language and literature, and its wide variety of forms, an English degree could be the perfect platform. You will be given opportunities to develop your theoretical knowledge and skills in different areas of English. You might choose to study a degree that focuses on either language or literature, or you might choose to study a degree that combines the two. Either way, you will graduate as a versatile student with a bright future.

About English


The accreditation of your degree will depend on the institution you choose to study at. It will also depend on your level of study, and the content of your course. At postgraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Master of Arts (MA), a Master of Science (MSc), or a Master of Research (MRes). Further study will award degrees such as Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).


Your institution may offer part-time study options, which usually means that your degree will take four to six years. You may also be able to take a foundation programme, which is useful if you do not meet the entry requirements for your degree.


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 - £6,500

Topics Covered


When studying a postgraduate degree, such as an MA or MSc, you will build on the knowledge you gained at undergraduate level. The modules you cover will be on the more complex and specialist concepts of English. You will cover the traditional subjects, as well as exploring the more contemporary areas. Modules and specialisms might include radical writers, gender and sexuality in English, script-writing, existentialism and postmodernism, colonialism, and contemporary poetry. Assessment methods will include written work, group projects and a major research project.

Entry Requirements

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

Typical Entry Requirements


  • Degree Requirements - 2:1 or higher
  • Required/Desired Subjects - English, History, Geography, Sociology