English Studies

MA, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... you wish to delve deeper into specific areas of English literary studies, with the option of an extended dissertation to hone your research skills.

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 and language from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. You can choose to study literature before 1800, as well as selecting from specialist modules in Victorian literature, Modern literature, creative writing and linguistics.

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. You will decide at the end of Semester 1 which length of dissertation you wish to undertake.

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.

Key Facts
Start date
September each year
Department
English
Contact

Course Director
Dr Kate Loveman
kate.loveman@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2620
englishma@le.ac.uk

English at Leicester Website

Why Leicester?

Our teaching staff are leaders in their disciplines. All of our lecturers publish on their own specialist subjects, meaning that your teaching will be informed by the very latest research.

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.

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

There are numerous opportunities throughout the year to hear from celebrated novelists, poets, and playwrights. Recent speakers at the annual Literary Leicester festival include Louis de Bernières, Eimear McBride, Carol Ann Duffy, Will Self, Colm Tóibín, and Alan Hollinghurst.

Course Structure

Semester 1

Semester 1

Core modules

  • Bibliography, Research Methods, and Writing Skills 1
  • Editing and Textual Cultures

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Gender, Language, and Discourse
  • Journeys 1500-1700
  • Literature and Gender: Dissident Bodies and Deviant Desires
  • Multilingualism
  • Poetry Writing and Contemporary Poetry
  • Victorian Lives: Life-Writing in the Victorian Period
  • Women in Literature, Culture and Society, 1850-1900

You will decide at the end of Semester 1 whether you would like to do the standard or extended dissertation.

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.

Semester 2

Semester 2

Core module

  • Cities of Words (if taking the standard-length dissertation)

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Evolution and Entropy: Changing Representations of the Science in Victorian Literature  
  • Literature and Exile: American Writers in Paris
  • Sex and Sexuality in Old English Literature
  • The Brontës
  • The English Country House in Literature  
  • World Englishes
  • Writing Fiction
Dissertation

  • Either standard-length dissertation
  • Or extended dissertation. If you choose to do the extended dissertation you will not take the core module 'Cities of Words'.


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.

Teaching and Assessment

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 research seminar series 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. Research seminar series are run for the Medieval, Early Modern (Renaissance), Victorian, and Modern periods, and for Linguistics. 

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.

Research Stories

Entry Requirements

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

You will be asked to provide a personal statement (up to 500 words) as part of your application, explaining why you have chosen this course.

You may also be asked to submit one or more recent samples of your critical writing: ideally, essays or papers that you submitted for your undergraduate course.

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

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

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Fees and Funding

  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in 2016

    • £7,500

    Starting in 2017

    • To be confirmed

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    University of Leicester Graduate Scholarship: If you graduate from an undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester in 2016 you may be eligible for a 50% discount on your tuition fee. 

    Waddington Scholarships 2016

    If you hold an offer of a place on any one of our English MAs by 31st August 2016, you will automatically be considered for the award of a £1000 Waddington Scholarship. We have up to three Waddington Scholarships available in 2016. They will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and are open to full-time, part-time, Home, European Union and International students. (We reserve the right not to award the scholarships if there is no suitable candidate).

    Did you know you can apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000, subject to eligibility?

     


  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in 2016

    • £14,105

    Starting in 2017

    • To be confirmed

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    Waddington Scholarships 2016

    If you hold an offer of a place on any one of our English MAs by 31st August 2016, you will automatically be considered for the award of a £1000 Waddington Scholarship. We have up to three Waddington Scholarships available in 2016. They will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and are open to full-time, part-time, Home, European Union and International students. (We reserve the right not to award the scholarships if there is no suitable candidate).


Career Opportunities

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.

Careers

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.

Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
English Studies MA 1 year full-time September each year Apply Now
English Studies MA 2 years part-time September each year Apply Now
Course
English Studies
Qualification
MA
Duration
1 year full-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability
Course
English Studies
Qualification
MA
Duration
2 years part-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability

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