English Studies MA, 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Course information

UK/EU fee £9,500

International fee £17,500

Taught by English

Course Director
Dr Kate Loveman

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Pre-1800 classic English literature, or 21st century game changers? This MA allows you to focus on areas that pique your interest most, discover new ones, and sharpen your independent research skills to an advanced level.

Course description

Course description

The MA in English Studies offers you the opportunity to focus on the areas of English literary studies that interest you the most, with modules covering literature from the medieval period to the present day. You can choose to study literature before 1800, as well as selecting from specialist modules in Creative Writing, Victorian Literature, and Modern and Contemporary Literature.

This course will allow you to deepen your existing knowledge, discover new fields, and acquire the skills to enable independent research at an advanced level. You will be asked to consider how the interpretation of works might be affected by editorial and contextual factors, and you will be introduced to theories of textual editing, book history and material culture.

Your dissertation can be in any period of English literature. You can choose between writing a standard or extended dissertation, making this programme ideal if you are thinking of continuing your studies to doctoral level, or if you would like to pursue a career which emphasises research skills. After consultation with staff, you will submit a proposal for the length of dissertation you would like to take.

Whichever areas of English you choose to focus on during your time here, you will benefit from our excellent teaching, our fantastic library facilities, and high-quality academic support.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

2:1 degree in English literature or language or its equivalent.

You will be asked to provide a personal statement as part of your application, explaining why you have chosen this course.

Where appropriate, you may be asked to submit an essay as part of our admissions process. We will contact you if this is the case.

We recommend that you apply for this course by mid-summer at the latest.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2022

  • £9,500

If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible.

Waddington Scholarship

The Waddington Scholarship is an award of £1,000, awarded on the basis of academic merit. It is open to full-time and part-time students from anywhere in the world.

International Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2022

  • £17,500

You will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Waddington Scholarship

The Waddington Scholarship is an award of £1,000, awarded on the basis of academic merit. It is open to full-time and part-time students from anywhere in the world.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

A Masters degree in English Studies is an excellent preparation for a wide range of careers. As well as deepening your knowledge in your chosen areas in English, you will also develop transferable skills, such as research, analysis and presentation skills.

Completing an MA can be the first step in an academic career in Higher or Further Education, while also enhancing your career options outside the field of academia.

One popular career choice is teaching English, either in the UK (having completed a PGCE) or abroad (with a TEFL or TESOL qualification). The fields of publishing, advertising, arts administration, PR, television, the film industry and other media-related jobs are also ideal destinations for English Studies graduates.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Why Leicester?

English at Leicester

Sonia appreciates the way that theory is incorporated into creative writing.

If you have an interest in creative writing, you can take part in events run by our innovative Centre for New Writing.

Our teaching methods mean you will be taught in small seminar groups of about 12, an ideal size for detailed discussion of texts.

Notable authors who have given public talks at the University include Sue Townsend, Carol Anne Duffy, Will Self, Amitav Ghosh, Jacqueline Wilson and Sarah Waters.

We are home to the renowned Victorian Studies Centre and to the Medieval Research Centre. We are also a major contributor to American Studies at Leicester.

Teaching and learning

During the course you will be taught through a range of methods, including:

  • seminars
  • workshops
  • individual supervisions
  • presentations
  • directed and self-directed study, writing and research time

In seminars a small group of students (normally between 3 and 13 participants) is led in a discussion of texts and issues by a tutor. For each seminar you will read the set texts and prepare other work, which may include a presentation. For workshops on the ‘Research Methods’ core module you will be taught together with students from other MAs in English, working together on problem-solving, research, and presentation skills.

For your dissertation, you will have one-on-one supervision from a member of staff with an interest in your chosen topic. The diverse research interests of staff means that we can offer an impressive breadth of expertise for dissertation supervision.

In addition to the teaching for modules, we organise a number of extra-curricular events at which academics and researchers from around the country present their latest work. Research seminars are an excellent way to hear about new, unpublished ideas and to develop your own understanding of a field. There are long-established research seminar series covering the Early Modern (Renaissance) and Victorian periods, while other events and special lectures engage with linguistics, Creative Writing, Medieval, and Modern literature.

Assessment on a module usually consists of one or two pieces of written work. Common types include essays in response to a choice from set questions, editorial exercises, critical reviews of recent work in a field, and, on certain option modules, creative writing. Some modules also feature an assessed oral presentation.

Part-time students

Part-time students who take the standard-length dissertation will take the core modules in their first year and the option modules in their second year.

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