Taught course

English Literary Studies

Lancaster University · English Literature and Creative Writing

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in English Literature or related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in English Literary Studies offers several different pathways each specialising in a period or area of study, and enabling students to craft a degree that suits them:

· English Literary Studies which allows study across a range of periods and subjects

· Early Modern Literature including Shakespeare and the Renaissance

· Romantic and Victorian Literature

· Modern and Contemporary Literary Studies including Film and Media

· Critical-Creative Writing which combines critical approaches to writing with the practice of writing itself, including fiction and poetry

· Literary and Cultural Studies which is taught with the Department of Sociology and explores contemporary debates in cultural theory


Compulsory modules:

· Dissertation

· Research Methodologies

Optional modules:

We offer a choice of around fourteen modules per year, which may include the following. Please visit our website for a more comprehensive list.

· Bodies and Spirits in Early Modern Literature

· Politics and Place in Early Modern Literature

· Post-Colonial Women’s Writing and Film

· Contemporary Gothic: Text and Screen

· Posthumanism: Literature after the Human

· On Location in the Lakes

· Visionaries or Madmen: Science and Literature in the Romantic Period

· Writing the 19th Century City

· Narrative, New Media and Digital Storytelling

· Writing Long Fiction

· Writing Poetry

Information for international students

IELTS: Overall IELTS of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each element.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7250 per year
International students
£15,500 per year


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate coordinator
+44 (0) 1524 593089
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