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English Literary Studies

Durham University · Department of English Studies

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Entry requirements

You will normally require an English or English-related Honours degree (at least a 2:1 or equivalent) from a recognised university.

In addition to your three module choices, you will also need to include a piece of written work of approximately 2,000 words in length on a literary subject.

Months of entry


Course content

You can learn from the rich variety of research expertise in the Department and you also have the chance to concentrate on a particular area of literary study. Our commitment to research-led teaching means that students are able to explore the cutting edge of the discipline - from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day, from medieval manuscripts to contemporary crime narrative.

You will have the opportunity to follow up particular interests by studying a named pathway, or to designate your own area of study within the broad MA in English Literary Studies, tailoring an individual course based on period, theme or genre.

Core module

• Dissertation.

Examples of optional


• Old Norse

• Middle English Manuscripts and Texts

• Shakespeare in Context

• Romanticism and the Forms of Romance

• Women in Victorian Poetry and Painting

• The Literatures of Slavery

• Twentieth-Century Satire

• Modernism and Touch

• The Contemporary US Novel

• Short Fiction Today

• The Writing of Poetry.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,500.00 per year
International students
£19,500.00 per year


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

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