Taught course

English Literary Studies (MA)

Lancaster University · English Literature and Creative Writing

Entry requirements

2:1 (Hons) Bachelor's degree (UK) or equivalent in English Literature or related subject, for example literature in other languages.

Additional Requirements

As part of your application you also need to provide a sample of your academic writing about literature.

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

We offer a wide range of modules however not all modules are available every year.

Information for international students

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 7.0, and a minimum of 6.5 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Fees and funding

Learn more at our fees and funding page.

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

English Literature Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1524 593089