Taught course

Literary Studies

Aberystwyth University · Department of English and Creative Writing

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Entry requirements

Good Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5% or above in a related subject. European and International applicants can find their grade equivalence on our comparability page.In addition please see the overview tab for further application details.

Months of entry


Course content

The Aberystwyth MA in Literary Studies offers you a broad engagement with English literature with the opportunity to develop expertise in one of a number of specialist areas. By studying the latest developments in critical theory and research methodology you will cultivate the necessary skills to undertake your 15,000 word MA Dissertation - an extensive piece of critical research in your chosen area. You will also develop a host of transferrable skills which you may deploy in a range of other academic or employment contexts.

As a student on the MA in Literary Studies at Aberystwyth, you will benefit from the University's superb library and information technology resources and have access to the unrivalled collections of the National Library of Wales.

The MA in Literary Studies provides a number of modules in fascinating subject areas, including Romanticism's Radical Cultures, Ethnic American Literature, Postmodern Genres and many more. An important part of the course is the writing of a 15,000-word dissertation in a field chosen by you in consultation with a specialist supervisor. We will take great care in assigning you a supervisor whose interests match your own as closely as possible.A substantial part of the course is devoted to research preparation skills including exploiting library resources, using electronic journals and other IT skills, building a bibliography, researching and writing a proposal, structuring your Dissertation, developing and sustaining an argument, footnotes and referencing, and oral presentation skills. You will also be taught to interrogate the different kinds of 'textuality', or aspects of the literary text, which need to be taken into account in the study of literature at postgraduate level and beyond.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 entry requirement.

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Fees and funding

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International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Dissertation40 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Julie Roberts
+44 (0) 1970 622532