Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in English, Drama or a related subject. Overseas qualification equivalencies can be found here.

Months of entry


Course content

Our programme takes account of 21st-century developments in the field, giving students a transhistorical and often multidisciplinary research approach to a set of broad, founding concepts, which ensures they are up-to-date with the evolving digital focus of recent research in English studies.

Our research specialisms include American studies and the literary periods Early Modern, Victorian, and Modern and Contemporary. Additional areas of expertise include linguistics, Irish studies, drama, and the history of the book.

Our flagship ‘Research Mentoring’ module – where students work under the mentorship of a range of literary experts, studying the research they are currently undertaking – allows students to follow a specific specialism through their MA.

In addition to the online application, initial assessment will be based on a sample of written work (2,000-4,000 words), CV, personal statement, and confidential reports from two named referees.

Information for international students

Please see the English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
Total £7,250
International students
Total: EU £7,250 Non EU £16,100

Please see the funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

(0)1509 223378