Taught course (will run subject to approval)

English Literature

Leeds Beckett University · Cultural Studies and Humanities

Entry requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of humanities, social sciences, law or human geography, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

Months of entry


Course content

You will specialise in either contemporary literature or creative writing. Taught in workshops held on weekday evenings, you will be able to fit your studies around your existing commitments.

Contemporary Literature

Specialise in researching contemporary literature. You will be introduced to a range of recent literary texts in English and develop an advanced, critical understanding of recent debates on the contemporary creative process.

You will be encouraged by expert tutors to develop your skills in close reading, creating and delivering presentations and formal discussions. Modules will explore how contemporary literary studies is a creative process, and will enable you to specialise in topics at the cutting edge of the discipline.

Your independent project will enable you to experience the process of defining your own area of investigation and conducting in-depth research and writing.

Creative Writing

Study creative writing at an advanced level. From the outset, you will focus on developing particular expertise in the writing process, and the texts and theories you study will enhance your writing practice.

Modules will explore how knowledge of contemporary literary studies can enhance your creativity, and direct your creative practice in areas of particular interest. Expert tutors will support you in developing transferable skills in textual analysis, creating and delivering presentations and discussion. Assessments will establish your creative voice and ability to write for different audiences.

Supported by your tutor, the independent project module will enable you to pursue your own creative writing project. You will cultivate your advanced planning, written and oral communication skills.

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

Course contact details

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