Taught course

Literary Studies

Aberystwyth University · Department of English and Creative Writing

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements 2:1 Bachelors (Hons) degree in a relevant subject together with submission of a satisfactory writing portfolio. These are minimum requirements for entry. A transcript of marks demonstrating consistent performance at 2:1 level should also be provided.

Non-graduates and non-subject specialists will be considered individually based on relevant experience and submission of a satisfactory writing portfolio.

The writing portfolio should consist of 4000-5000 words of critical and/or creative prose. In cases where portfolios comprise or include poetry, 100 lines of poetry is considered equivalent to 1000 words of prose.

English Language Requirements IELTS 7.0 with minimum 7.0 in each component, or equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Literary Studies at Aberystwyth University offers you a stimulating engagement with English literature in all its depth and diversity, with the opportunity to develop particular 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 field. You will also develop a host of transferable 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, one of the five elite research libraries in the UK.

Information for international students

Information for international students can be found here: Information for International Students : Aberystwyth University

Fees and funding

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For funding available to International students: International Students : Study With Us , Aberystwyth University

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA(Engl)
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Department of English & Creative Writing