Taught course

English Literatures

Keele University · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

This degree is designed for those individuals with a first or upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in English/English Studies/English Literature (single or combined honours). Applicants with other qualifications or experience are considered on a case-by-case basis by the Programme Director.

Months of entry


Course content

Please note, all course information including entry requirements relates to the 2022/23 academic year.

This programme offers you the opportunity to extend and develop your knowledge of literary works and the conceptual frameworks used to approach them. Our staff are all leading academics in the field of literary studies, and this research feeds directly into our teaching and dissertation supervision. You will develop a range of advanced skills through studying core and optional modules and also have the flexibility to follow your individual interests.

Throughout your studies you will:

  • follow a full research training programme leading to the completion of an original dissertation in a topic of your choosing;
  • take core modules designed to deepen your understanding of methodologies appropriate to the study of literature from the Renaissance to the present;
  • choose an optional module from a variety of disciplines, including English or American Literature, Creative Writing or Film, or you can choose to take a Work Placement module;
  • work with a research-active supervisor to develop and pursue your dissertation, and participate in the academic life of the School of Humanities more generally;
  • receive pastoral support from a personal tutor and Programme Director;
  • receive support if applying for PhD study at Keele University of further afield.

Information for international students

English language entry requirement for international students:

IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component. The University also accepts a range of internationally recognised English tests.

If you do not meet the English language requirements, the University offers a range of English language preparation programmes.

During your degree programme you can study additional English language courses. This means you can continue to improve your English language skills and gain a higher level of English.

Fees and funding

For information related to fees and funding, please visit the individual course page on the Keele University website.

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
    Up to 60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

The course is taught through a mix of core and optional modules, all of which allow you to tailor studies towards your particular interests. By the end of your degree, you will produce a 15,000-word dissertation (60 credits) on a topic of your choice, negotiated with and supervised by a member of the English programme team. To support in achieving this goal, you may undertake advanced research training (30 credits) across semesters 1 and 2 which includes sessions on academic writing, ethics, archives and databases, writing a research proposal, and an introduction to methodologies from across the Humanities. These sessions are also designed to develop the necessary skills for doctoral research. In Semester 2, you can choose one optional 30-credit module from a variety of disciplines, including English or American Literature, Creative Writing or Film. There is also the option to do a Work Placement module (a 100-hour placement).

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