Taught course

English Literature

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of English, Communication, and Philosophy

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Entry requirements

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MA Full time
MA Part time

Months of entry


Course content

Pursue your passion for English Literature, inspired by experts at the forefront of world-leading research.

Our eclectic and rewarding MA English Literature programme is designed to enable you to explore your true passions.
You have the freedom to assemble a programme tailored to your personal and professional interests, drawn from one of five engaging Research Pathways. Choosing Medieval and Early Modern, Romantic and Victorian, Modern and Contemporary, Gender and Sexuality, or Critical and Cultural Theory, you’ll find a diverse and exciting range of research-led modules to explore.
Our academics teach across the whole chronological span of English Literature, from Middle English to literature of the twenty-first century, sharing their latest research in our varied module portfolio. Drawing connections between literature, popular culture and theory, topics range from fan fiction to contemporary women’s writing, from romance to travel, and from poststructuralist and postcolonial ways of reading to theories of gender and queer studies.
While immersing yourself in your chosen field, you will also develop advanced skills in the latest research methods, critical theory and scholarly writing, as well as your ability to communicate research to a variety of audiences. Topics range from writing at Master’s level to developing research proposals and preparing for interviews, to name but a few.
Each pathway is complemented by a research seminar series, featuring national and international speakers, plus reading groups and conferences. You are encouraged to take advantage of the world-class Special Collections and Archives on our doorstep, housed in the University’s neighbouring Arts and Social Sciences library.
A highlight remains our MA conference, enabling you to present short papers and exchange ideas in a supportive environment.
English Literature at Cardiff is ranked in the world top 100 (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).

Distinctive features
  • A wide-ranging programme of research-led modules taught by specialists in the field
  • A series of dedicated research pathways, including Medieval and Renaissance Studies; Romantic and Victorian Studies; Modern and Contemporary Literature; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Cultural and Critical Theory
  • Access to skills training and various research activities
  • The freedom to assemble a programme of study tailored to personal and professional interests
  • High-level training in the latest research methods, critical theory and scholarly writing and presentation skills in a non-assessed core module
  • Popular two-day residential conference and workshop at Gregynog Hall, where you will present short 15-minute papers in a supportive and lively atmosphere
  • One-day symposium dedicated to increasing your employability skills
  • Opportunities to take part in a series of dynamic research seminar series
  • Access to specialist library collections

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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