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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This MA allows you to focus on areas of literature that interest you the most, choosing from 700 years of literature in English. You'll discover new areas of interest, and hone your independent research skills.

Course description

Course description

The MA in English Studies offers you the opportunity to focus on the areas of English literary studies that fascinate you, 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 explore how texts are created and are shaped for different readerships, developing your understanding of textual editing, book history, and material culture.

You’ll also select from option modules, which allow for specialist study of an author, theme or genre. Here the topics can range from twenty-first century fiction, to Victorian novels, to Renaissance drama.   

On this MA, your dissertation can be in any period of English literature from the late medieval period onwards. If you have a strong record in carrying out research projects, you could choose to do an extended dissertation – this is often a route for students who want to continue to doctoral study or pursue a career with a particular emphasis on research skills. 

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 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 £3,000 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 £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

From 2022 onwards, EU nationals will pay the International fee. If you are an EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme, you may qualify for the UK fee (subject to criteria).

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. 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

Core modules

Core modules

You will also choose:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Option modules

Why Leicester?

English at Leicester

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

You’ll be taught by tutors who are internationally recognised experts in their fields, in a supportive environment that fosters your abilities and research interests.

Alongside a wealth of electronic resources, our University Library has collections ranging from medieval manuscripts to the papers of contemporary playwrights. The MA draws on the expertise of our academic librarians and archivists in introducing you to new ways of researching.

You can become part of a lively university community, attending a variety of extra-curricula events. These include talks and groups run by the Victorian Studies Centre, the Medieval Research Centre, the Centre for New Writing, and the annual Literary Leicester Festival.

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 a seminar, a small group of students 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.

Assessment on a module usually consists of one or two pieces of written work. Common types include essays in response to a choice of 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.

Key dates

  • Recommended application deadline for students who require a visa to study: 25 July 2022
  • Deposit payment deadline: 8 August 2022
  • CAS request deadline: 2 September 2022 
  • 50% payment deadline: 2 September 2022 

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As well as encouraging me to embrace my ideas and have confidence in my writing, the course has improved and strengthened my academic voice. The tutors in the English department are passionate about the subjects that they teach, which always makes our seminars engaging, entertaining and enjoyable.

Reem, MA Modern Literature and Creative Writing

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