Taught course

English Literature

Bangor University · School of English

Entry requirements

Applicants to this programme should normally hold an undergraduate BA (Hons) degree in English Literature, or a related subject, demonstrating high achievement in elements relevant to the proposed research or equivalent experience. They should also, in their applications, outline the area in which they wish to specialise.

Months of entry


Course content

The course at Bangor is distinctive in that it gives students a free choice of topics, within the limits of the supervision available in the School. It aims to help students develop their intellectual interests, while learning the disciplines involved in advanced literary-critical research. A significant proportion of the course is delivered through weekly one-to-one supervisions. Part 1 compulsory module: introduction to literary theory, scholarship and research plus optional modules: open essays (30 credits each): supervised essays on topics of the student’s own choice; pre-modern travel; myth and the early modern author; early modern performance texts; medieval Arthur; the European renaissance; welsh literature in English; medieval and early modern women’s devotional writing; material texts and contexts; revolution/modernity 1790-1930. Part 2: dissertation (60 credits): a substantial piece (20,000 words) of scholarly research, on a subject of the student's own choice and discussed in detail with a chosen supervisor.

Information for international students

International students whose first language is not English: An IELTS score of 7.0 with no element below 6.5 is required.

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
  • Further details of qualification

    A 9 month Diploma is also an option (part-time also available).

Course contact details

Director of Graduate Studies
01248 383044